When Christian Wolf was born on 23 June 1829, in Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Hans Ulrich Wolf, was 25 and his mother, Anna Elisabeth Anderegg, was 30. He married Anna Maria Kaderli on 7 May 1852. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 25 February 1870, in his hometown, at the age of 40, and was buried in Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland.
German, English, Dutch, and Danish: from a short form of the various ancient Germanic compound names with the first element wolf ‘wolf’, or a byname or nickname with this meaning, or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf. 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 ancient Germanic mythology, being regarded as one of the sacred beasts of Woden. The surname of German origin is also found in many other parts of Europe, e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia, often as a German translation of local equivalents. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Hungarian Farkas , Czech and Slovak Vlk , Slovenian Volk , Ukrainian and Slovenian Vovk , Slovenian, Croatian, and Serbian Vuk , and also Czech, Slovenian, Croatian, Slovak, and Hungarian Volf . In part, this is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname, originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola, Slovenia (see Kocevar ). Compare De Wolf , Wolfe , Wolff , Woolf , Woulfe , and Wulf .
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). Compare Volf .
Irish: variant of Woulfe .
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