Wolfrom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Wolfrom was well-known in the Middle Ages as the name of Saint Wulfram Archbishop of Sens in France and missionary in Frisia in the 7th century. The name itself is derived from the Old German masculine personal name Wolfhraban, which stems from the Old High German word "wolf" meaning "wolf" and the Old High German word "hraban" meaning "raven." These two figures, the wolf and the raven, both played important roles in Germanic mythology, and so contributed to the popularity and meaning of the name. The surname Wolfrom was adopted probably as a patronym, that is, a name derived from the personal name of the father of the original bearer. The personal name Wolfram, is still in use today in German speaking countries, for example Wolfram Fiedler, who won two Olympic bronze medals for East Germany in luge, and Wolfram Waibel, who won an Olympic bronze medal for Switzerland in shooting in 1996. Interesting to note, "Wolfram" is also the German name for the chemical element tungsten.

Early Origins of the Wolfrom family

The surname Wolfrom was first found in Bavaria, where it was the name of the Bavarian knight and great German epic poet, Wolfram von Eschenbach (ca.1170-ca.1220,) the author of the Parzival epics. Other early mentions include Wolfram I., abbot of Hirsau around 1112, Wolfram Cziterwange of Glatz, recorded in 1332, Fritsche Wolfran of Wolfach, recorded in 1341, and Wolfram von Bamberg, a bishop in the 14th century. In 1364, Bertram Wolfram was listed as Wulfram Wolfrm and became a mayor in 1394. One named Wolfram or Woveramus was a knight of a religious order around 1300, as was Johann Wolfram in 1451. One named Wolfram, was an architect in 1424, Piotr Wolfram (d.1426,) a clergyman in Poland, Nikolaus Wolfram, a priest in Bayreuth around 1535, Johann Wolfram, a priest around 1560, Marcus Wolfram (d.ca.1591,) a wood carver, Veit or Vitus Wolfrum (1564-1626,) a priest and poet, Andreas Petrus Wolfrum (1590-1650,) a jurist, and Chritoph Wolfrum, a priest in Bayreuth around 1650.

Early History of the Wolfrom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolfrom research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1760, 1762, 1789, 1816, 1817, 1828, 1852, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Wolfrom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wolfrom Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wolfram, Wolfrum, Wolfrom, Wohlfromm, Wolfgram and many more.

Early Notables of the Wolfrom family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Wolfrom in this period include Gottfried Wolffram, a late 17th century amber and ivory carver, Sebastian Wolfrum (d.ca.1762), a lute maker, Gottlieb Wilhelm Alexander (Erdmann) Wolfram (1760-1828), a physicist and...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolfrom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Wolfrom migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wolfrom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Adam Wolfrom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Henrick Wolfrom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
Wolfrom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christ Wolfrom, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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