Elisa Wolf

28 April 1867–9 August 1911 (Age 44)
Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland

The Life of Elisa

When Elisa Wolf was born on 28 April 1867, in Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland, her father, Christian Wolf, was 37 and her mother, Anna Maria Kaderli, was 35. She married Johann Christian Pfeifer on 29 January 1886, in Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She died on 9 August 1911, in Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland, at the age of 44.

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Johann Christian Pfeifer
Elisa Wolf
Marriage: 29 January 1886
Johann Christian Pfeifer
Elise Pfeifer
Sophie Pfeifer
Martha Pfeifer
Josephine Pfeifer
Maria Martha Pfeifer

Spouse and Children

29 January 1886
Lotzwil, Bern, Switzerland


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Name Meaning

1 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.2 German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf, Middle High German wolf.3 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).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Elise Wolf in entry for Sophie Pfeifer, "Utah, Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1937"
  • Elise Wolf, "Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940"

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