Animal name or diminutive of Wolfgang, German
" traveling wolf"

Wolf Origin and Meaning

The name Wolf is a boy's name of German origin meaning " traveling wolf".

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, or even Wolfram or Wolfhart.

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.

Despite all it has going for it, Wolf is relatively rare and has never been given to more than 80 babies in a single year. But now that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott chose it for their infant son, Wolf is primed to climb the charts.

Spelling variations Wolfe or Woolf push it into surname territory, while nickname Wolfie definitely domesticates it.

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Famous People Named Wolf

  • Wolfnickname of Adolf Hitler
  • Wolf Isaac BlitzerAmerican TV journalist
  • Wolf RuvinskisMexican actor
  • Wolf Larson (born Wolfgang von Wyszecki)German,Canadian actor
  • Wolf KahlerGerman actor
  • Wolf HoffmannGerman guitarist of metal band Accept
  • (Karl) Wolf BiermannGerman singer,songwriter
  • Wolf MailCanadian blues rock musician
  • Wolf Martin Garberbirth name of Bill Macy, American actor
  • Wolf Wiels (b. 2008)son of singer Free Souffriau and Miguel Wiels
  • Wolf Thomas Dres Stephan (b. 2013)son of Princess Tatiana Luise of Hohenlohe,Langenburg and Hubertus Stephan; great,great,grandnephew of Prince Philip
  • Wolf Robert Snow (b. 2014)son of TV presenter Dan Snow
  • Wolf Aurelius Hawkins (b. 2015)son of fitness bloggers Tammy Hembrow and Reece Hawkins
  • Wolf Rhys Meyers (b. 2016)son of actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Wolf Dillon Reece Homme (b. 2016)son of musicians Brody Dalle and Josh Homme
  • Wolf Nine Carroll (b. 2017)son of footballer Andy Carroll
  • Elijah Wolf O'Connellson of model Amanda Swafford and Tobias O'Connell
  • NakoaWolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa (b. 2008), son of actors Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
  • William Wolf Howey (b. 2009)son of actors Sarah Shahi & Steve Howey
  • Balthazar Wolf Burwell (b. 2015)son of TV journalist Victoria Recano and Tom Burwell
  • Scott WolfAmerican actor

Wolf in Pop Culture

  • Wolfa wolf in the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series by Michelle Paver
  • Winston "The Wolf" Wolffecharacter in film "Pulp Fiction"
  • Wolfcharacter in the miniseries"The 10th Kingdom"
  • Wolf Larsencharacter in "The Sea,Wolf," a novel by Jack London
  • Wolf aka Ze'ev Kesleymain character in "Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer
  • Father and Mother Wolfcharacters in Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book
  • Wolfcharacter in "The Talisman" by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  • The Wolf aka Ezracharacter in "The Night Angel Trilogy"
  • Wolfcode name for a character in "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz
  • Bigby Wolfcharacter in the Fables comic series
  • Wolf O'Donnellcharacter in the Star Fox video game series
  • Sniper Wolfcharacter in video game Metal Gear Solid
  • Wolf Hawkfieldcharacter in the Virtua Fighter video game series
  • The Big Bad Wolffairy tale villain
  • Clawd Wolfson of the werewolf in "Monster High" show and series
  • Wolf Edmundsan astronaut in "Interstellar"

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