The English surname Wolfe, also found in Ireland and Germany, is of nickname origin. Almost all bearers of the name have some connection with the conquest of England in 1066 by William of Normandy, the name being taken to Ireland in 1170 following Strongbow’s invasion. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Wulf, which was dated 1166, the pipe rolls of the county of Lincoln, during the reign of King Henry II, another early reference is John le Wolf of Bedford in 1273. Other bearers of importance include Arthur Woolf (1766-1837) who was a master-engineer in Cornwall and held many patents on the development of steam engines, and Peter Woulf (1727 - 1808) who it is said, discovered tin in Cornwall.
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