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Wolf Name Meaning

English, Danish, and German: from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf ‘wolf’, or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently. In ancient and medieval times it played an important role in Germanic mythology, being regarded as one of the sacred beasts of Woden. This name is widespread throughout northern, central, and eastern Europe, as well as in Britain and German-speaking countries. German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf, Middle High German wolf. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Volf meaning ‘wolf’, which is associated with the Hebrew personal name Binyamin (see Benjamin). This association stems from Jacob’s dying words ‘Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil’ (Genesis 49:27). Irish: variant spelling of Woulfe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Nolf, Rolf, Wall, Wold, Wolff, Wolfer, Wald, Wolfe, Bolt, Soll

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You can see how Wolf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wolf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wolf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 515 Wolf families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Wolf's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wolf families in 1840.
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What did your Wolf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wolf. 13% of Wolf men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Wolf women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wolf were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 89,000 immigration records available for the last name Wolf. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 135,000 military records available for the last name Wolf. For the veterans among your Wolf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wolf lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wolf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wolf in 1943 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

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