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Gender: M Meaning of Wolf: "wolf" Origin of Wolf: German

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Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer kind of name, fairly common in German (where is pronounced Vulf) and Jewish families, sometimes as a short form of Wolfgang.

CNN newscaster Blitzer inherited the name from his grandfather. Other Wolfs of note include British screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz, who was instrumental in the early James Bond films, painter Wolf Kahn, and the hero of Jack London's 1904 novel The Sea-Wolf, Wolf Larsen.

Nickname Wolfie definitely domesticates it.

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Famous People Named Wolf

Naomi Wolf, American author and political consultant
Virginia Woolf, English author
Wolf Blitzer, American TV journalist
Wolfgang Van Halen, musician son of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli
Scott Wolf, American actor
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, son of Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
Wolf Martin Garber, real name of American actor Bill Macy (best known for playing Walter on 'Maude')

Pop Culture References for the Name Wolf

Wolf, a wolf in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver
Harvey Keitel's character in Pulp Fiction, Winston "The Wolf" Wolffe.
Antagonist of Little Red Riding Hood, and also the 3 Little Pigs.
Wolf is Virginia's love interest in the miniseries"The 10th Kingdom"
Wolf Larsen is the antagonist of The Sea-Wolf, a novel by Jack London. There is a modern female musician of the same name.

Wolfe, Wolff, Wolfhart, Woolf, Wulf, Wulfe

Wolf's International Variations

Ulv (Norwegian) Ulf (Swedish)