Eric Wolfram's Clan and Family Tree

Wolfram's Clan and Family Tree

In 1940, the descendant of my great, great, great, great grandfather, Johann Wolfram, born in Munchen-Perlach on April 5th, 1798, provided my grandmother with a painting of this family coat of arms. It was assumed Johann Wolfram had conducted the family research tracing the family back to Gottlieb Wolfram von Eschenbach. My father, who immigrated to America from Bavaria in 1953, presented me with of a photocopy of the coat of arms and I have put it here on the web. Neither my father nor I have conducted any research on our Wolfram roots prior to the year 1798.

The Origin of the Wolfram name

The Wolfram name is derived from two animals. However, it is derived from the elements of wolf + hrafn, (hrafn in modern English is raven and in modern German it is raben). Both these creatures play an important role in Germanic mythology. They are usually represented in battle poetry as scavangers of the slain, while Wodin (Odin) -- chief Germanic God -- is generally accompanied by the wolves Geri and Freki and by the ravens Hugin and Munin.

Variations of the Wolfram name:

Wolfrum, Wolfrom, Wohlfromm, Wolfgram, Wulfgram.

Coat of Arms

The following text is a translation from the the old german text, which was writen directly under the coat of arms painting pictured below. Click on either image to see a larger image of the Wolfram Family Coat of Arms.

The Wolfram Coat of Arms

The Wolfram Clan

The Wolfram Clan goes back to the year 1184, where at that time a Wolfram von Eschenbach was employed by the Prince of Thurn and Taxis in the Upper Palatinate, as a master of fishery, knowing pisciculture from the ground up. He also was a very brave and noble knight. Your clan exists only in Bavaria and Switzerland.

The text under the coat of arms Your coat of Arms, show on top of the helmet and left in the shield, on golden background a portrait of yourself, below blue and white diamond shapes, a sign of your Bavarian ancestry, in the middle on the heart shaped shield a flying eel, a sign of your occupation and official position, and finally right on black background, three stars on a green diagional stripe, signifying your firm character, noble mind and gentleness. From Johann Kolb's coat of arms book -- dated 1555

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