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In  England, arms were generally given to individuals rather than to families. The arms for an individual would pass to his heir, generally his first born male. Another male child could make some change in the arms to differentiate his from his father and brother's arms, but it would not be identical.

 

The Wo(u)lfe Coat of Arms

 

 

 

The Coat of Arms contains  a winged black stork above the shield. a wolf under an oak tree with fish below.  It is suggested that the fish may refer to the family owning fishing rights on Shannon river.  Translation: Coilean Uasal means Noble Wolf.

A winged stork elevated sable 
Per fess argent and azure, in chief on a mount vert in front of an oak tree a wolf passant both proper, in base two salmon naiant barways in pale argent

Source: Irish Family Names Edward MacLysaght

 

 

The coat of arms for Hugh Lupus in Ireland featured a single wolf's head on a blue field.  The coat of arms for the Woulfe in England family featured three red Wolf heads. 

 

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Woulfe Crest Blazon

Per fess argent and azure, in chief on a mount vert in front of an oak tree a wolf passant both proper, in base two salmon naiant barways in pale argent

Crest: A stork wings elevated sable  

Source: Irish Family Names Edward MacLysaght

 

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For the last word on the history of the Wolfe family in Ireland go to Michael Woulfe's site at this address: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mwoulfe/woulfefa.htm


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