Wolf family crest
Colors on the Wolf family crest explained
Argent (silver) - is a symbol of peacefulness and sincerity, two values that mattered greatly to the Wolf family.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the renowned military strength of the Wolf family when called upon.
Symbols on the Wolf family crest explained
The Chevron shape - symbolizes the historical Wolf family home, the importance of home for family members through the years and the safety this provides.
The three wolf heads - represents both the family name and the danger in crossing or betraying members of the Wolf family alongside the relentless nature of their perseverance and hard work.
The lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.
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Origins of the Wolf family name
The Wolf family name is thought to originate from the personal name Wolf, which was common among early Germanic people.
The name Wolf is derived from the Old German word wulf, which also means "wolf."
Likely a connection to someone who was considered strong or skilful in battle.
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Summary of the Wolf family and the Wolf family crest
- The first officially recorded use of the Wolf surname was in the 13th century, but its use would have existed from far earlier.
- The Wolf family name was first found in Bavaria in Germany, where the family was anciently seated.
- The first recorded use of the name Wolf was in the year 1250, when a man by the name of Heinrich Wolf.
- The family name Wolf is thought to be associated with the Germanic tribe of the Vandals.
- The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who invaded and occupied parts of the Roman Empire in the 5th century.
- The Vandals were defeated by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century.
- The Wolf family was originally a noble family, and over the centuries they acquired a number of properties and titles.
- In the 18th century, the family's fortunes began to decline, and they lost many of their properties.
- Some family members still retain the title of Baron Wolf, and many family members continue to live in Germany today.
- The family name Wolf is also found in other countries, including Austria, Italy, and the United States of America.
- The Wolf family first came to America in the late 1600s.
- The first known Wolf ancestor in America was Matthias Wolf, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1683.
- Matthias Wolf was a weaver by trade and settled in what is now Berks County, Pennsylvania.
- The Wolf family name has been associated with Pennsylvania ever since and the name has spread throughout many states as the family built its reputation on hard work on reliability in the early days of the United States.
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