The wolf, or Lupus as it is called in Latin, is found in many arms of various cultures of Asian and European origin. The Chinese venerated the wolf and considered it to be the sacred guardian of heaven. In the world of Norse legends the wolf plays a direct role as a raider. It is said that the Welsh St. Patrick turned the King of Wales into a wolf. In other European countries families whose names included some form of the word "Lou" adopted a wolf image. The wolf's head, rather than its body are more often shown in charges and crests. Throughout ancient history the wolf has been admired as a symbol of strength, intelligence, and courage but can also represent a fearful and cunning symbol of death and Satan. Italian history claims that the twin brothers Romulus and Remus the founders of Rome, were raised by a mother wolf. In spite of its fearful reputation as a beast of prey, the wolf is admired for its shrewdness and cunning, its ferocity, tenacity, and swift attack.
Wolves are depicted as greedy, threatening predators in tales and stories like "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Three Little Pigs", and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. In modern times, the wolf faces persecution from humans who perceive it as a voracious, greedy pest.
According to the legendary origins of Rome, Romulus and Remus, the mythic founders of the city, were reared by a she-wolf. In the wild, a lone wolf is one who has been driven from the pack while the term "lone wolf" describes a person who prefers to live independently.
In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a wolf of enormous strength - the child of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboda. Fearing a prophecy that Fenrir would one day destroy the world, the gods locked him in a cage.
wolf is also a symbol of intelligence, tenacity, swiftness, perseverance, courage, danger.
Example of known uses of wolf
The coat of arms of Lobez, Poland
The city of Lobez, in the north west of Poland, has a crowned red rampant wolf on its coat of arms. The wolf is taken from the arms of the Bork family, who granted municipal status to the city in the 13th century.
The coat of arms of Lycksele, Swede
The arms of Lycksele were granted in 1947, shortly after it was designated a city. They depict a rampant and reguardant wolf below a heraldic balance, the symbol of trading. In the original design, the wolf's tail was between its legs (couard).
Different coat of arms and blazon
Edward IV of England used a white wolf for his badge in 1455 and the cities of Passau and Saxony in Germany use the wolf element. Lone Wolf Studio in Hollywood, the Calgary Seawolves Water Polo Club, Grey Wolf Cellars Winery in California, and Night Wolf Publications are just a sampling of organizations using a wolf logo.