The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (WILFONG). This surname of WOLFONG is an English and German baptismal name, derived from the Germanic personal name WOLFRAM, composed of the elements WOLF (wolf) + HRAFN (raven). Both these creatures played an important role in Germanic mythology. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages, and was often used in coat armour. The name is also spelt WOLFRUM, WOLFROM, WOHLFROMM, WOLFGRAM and WULFGRAM. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A notable of the name was WOLFRAM Von ESCHENBACH (early 13th century) the German poet, born near Anspach in Bavaria. He lived some time in the Warburg, near Eisenach at the court of the Count of Thuringia. He wrote several love songs, an epic and two fragments called 'Titurel'. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity.
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