Origin of the Name Wolfe
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Wolfe include Wolff, Woolf, Woolfe, Wulff, Wulf, Wulfe and Woulfe. This is a nickname given to a person with some resemblance to a wolf. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a John le Wolf, of County Sussex, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and an Agnes le Wolf of County Huntingdonshire who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland Wolfe and its variants are often of immigrant origin, especially in Ulster Province. The Woulfes in Ireland were among the earliest of the Norman settlers, their name being rendered as 'de Bhulbh' in Gaelic.
The Wolfe coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wolfe descendants.