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The name Woolf was formed many centuries ago by the early Norman settlers that followed the 1066 Conquest of the island. It was a name typically given to a person who bore some fancied resemblance to the wolf, either in appearance or behavior.

Woolf Early Origins



The surname Woolf was first found in Cheshire where they were descended from Hugh Lupus (Wolf,) the Earl of Chester, and chief subject of King William the Conqueror.

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Woolf Spelling Variations


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Woolf Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Woolf have been found, including Wolfe, Wolf, Woolf, Woolfe, Wolff, de Wolfe and many more.

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Woolf Early History


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Woolf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolf research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Woolf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woolf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woolf Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Woolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woolf In Ireland


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Woolf In Ireland



Some of the Woolf family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Woolf were among those contributors:

Woolf Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Woolf, who landed in Maryland in 1666-1750

Woolf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andris Woolf, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Anna Dority Woolf, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Woolf, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Hans Peter Woolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Henry Woolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Woolf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Godfrey Woolf, aged 76, arrived in New York in 1802
  • Wilhelm Woolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Michael Woolf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Isaac Woolf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Abraham Woolf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woolf Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Woolf arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849

Woolf Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Woolf, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Lydia Woolf, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Alice Woolf, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Ann Woolf, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Thomas Woolf, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolf (post 1700)



  • Jack Royce Woolf (1924-2014), American academic, President Emeritus of the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Martin Woolf Sr. (1858-1928), American-born, Canadian politician, civil servant and police magistrate in Alberta
  • Herbert M. Woolf (1880-1964), American businessman and Thoroughbred racehorse owner
  • Randall Woolf, American composer
  • Gabriel Woolf (b. 1932), English film, radio and television actor
  • Virginia Adeline Woolf (1882-1941), English novelist, critic, and essayist, best known for novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928)
  • Leonard Sydney Woolf (1880-1969), noted British political theorist, author, and civil servant, but perhaps now best known as husband to author Virginia Woolf
  • Arthur Woolf (1766-1837), English mechanical engineer best-known for his invention of a more efficient compound steam engine
  • Jonathan Woolf (1961-2015), British architect, founder of Jonathan Woolf Architects
  • Lloyd Woolf, British comedy actor and writer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fides in adversis
Motto Translation: faith in adversity


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Woolf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolf Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 May 2016 at 16:33.

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