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There are many unusual features about this surname. It is locational and its origins are Olde English, as explained below, but there does not appear to have ever been a place called 'Wolfendale'. There was in the 16th century a hamlet in Lancashire called 'Wolfendene', forming part of the parish of Newchurch-in-Rossendale. It would seem that Wolfendale, the surname, is a localised dialectal transposition of the hamlet name. The name translates as 'the valley of Wulfhelm', the later being an early baptismal name of the pre 9th century.

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Chris Wolfenden

My name is Wolfenden of the Cardiff Wolfenden’s I know about the surname as my wife brought me a certificate of the name and yes correct it’s not Wolfdale it’s Wolfendene from Lancashire, yet going back b4 the doomsday book the name is of the Wulfhelm name from Saxony Germany Wulf as to Wolf Helm as to helmet means protection So Valley of Wolf sounds right , I would love to see what the family of Wulfhelm shield looks like as I’d like to have one made

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