Wolf Family History

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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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Wolf Family Origin

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Wolf Family Occupations

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In 1939, Private Means and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Wolf. 16% of Wolf men worked as a Private Means and 68% of Wolf women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wolf were Jeweller and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Private Means
  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Jeweller

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic

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

Wolf Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Wolf Life Expectancy

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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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