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Names That Mean Wolf

WolfHeart

  • Origin:

    Animal name or diminutive of Wolfgang
  • Meaning:

    "traveling wolf"
  • Description:

    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.

WolfgangHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "traveling wolf"
  • Description:

    Chef Wolfgang Puck has helped soften this thunderous Germanic name; music-lovers will appreciate its association with Mozart, though the composer's middle name Amadeus is more appealing.

RudyHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Rudolph
  • Meaning:

    "famous wolf"
  • Description:

    Rudy has a bit of style currency, thanks to the fact that Jude Law used it for his son. It has been consistently in the Top 1000 for as long as Social Security records have been tallied, as opposed to parent name Rudolph, which, perhaps due to the reindeer, hasn't been heard from in some time.

ZevHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "wolf"
  • Description:

    Zev is a short, simple, animal name that may relate to the Old Testament Ze'ev -- except he was a villainous character.

ConanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little wolf"
  • Description:

    The fierce image of the Barbarian made a complete turnaround thanks to amiable talk show host O'Brien, making Conan one of the newly desirable Irish choices, a perfect alternative to Conor/Connor.

ConallHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "strong as a wolf"
  • Description:

    Too many Connors in your neighborhood? This name--spelled with one 'l' or two--is equally authentic and much more unusual.

AdolfHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "noble wolf"
  • Description:

    Adolf may have been a Swedish royal name but the terrible dictatorship of Adolf Hitler has ruled out this name Adolf for any sensible parent. In the US last year, there were more than 100 boys' given the Spanish variation Adolfo and a handful given the old school Adolphus, but none named Adolf or Adolph....thank goodness.

LupinHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower, animal, and literary name, from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "pertaining to the wolf"
  • Description:

    Lupin is an unusual flower name with roots in Old French, from the Latin lupinus, meaning “pertaining to the wolf”. In the literary world, it's the surname of Remus Lupin, a popular character in the Harry Potter franchise and a werewolf.

TalaHeart

  • Origin:

    Persian, Arabic, Tagalog, Samoan, Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "gold; turmeric; star; story; noble"
  • Description:

    Tala is a super multicultural name with roots in many diverse languages and cultures. In Northern Europe, especially in Scandinavia, it is a diminutive derived from Adelheid "noble", long used as a standalone name.

LowellHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "young wolf"
  • Description:

    Lowell is an upstanding and somewhat conservative name that calls to mind the genteel patrician families of nineteenth century New England, such as the one poet Robert Lowell was born into. Two other Lowell-surnamed poets are Amy and James Russell.

RolloHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin form of Rolf
  • Meaning:

    "wolf"
  • Description:

    Rollo is a livelier, roly-poly, o-ending version of Roland.

RaulHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Ralph
  • Meaning:

    "wolf counsel"
  • Description:

    Raul and French brother Raoul are much more appealing than flat-footed daddy Ralph. Puerto Rican actor Raul Julia, who starred in the Addams Family movies, brought fame to the name before his death in 1994.

WulfricHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wolf power"
  • Description:

    Most famous as one of the many middle names of Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter, Wulfric is an earlier form of the medieval English name Ulric. It has also belonged to an 11th- century Earl of Mercia and a 12th-century saint.

PhelanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "wolf"
  • Description:

    Phelan, pronounced FAY-lan or FEE-lan, is an appealing Irish surname name, with a rich history in Irish myth and religious and secular life. One bearer was a fiercely loyal follower of the legendary warrior Finn MacCool, another was a missionary saint.

RaifHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; English
  • Meaning:

    "compassionate; wolf counsel"
  • Description:

    Raif (or Raef, Rayif) is a Muslim name usually given in reference to the Qur’anic verse "God is most compassionate and most merciful to mankind." A notable bearer is Saudi writer, dissident and activist Raif Badawi.

WolfeHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglo-Irish surname and variation of animal name
  • Meaning:

    "wolf"
  • Description:

    The Wolfe spelling shifts this name from animal name to surname-name, aggressive to aristocratic. One source suggests that bearers of the Wolfe family name were all fierce and cunning and/or hunters of wolves. An intriguing choice.

ChanningHeart

  • Origin:

    English or Irish
  • Meaning:

    "people of Cana or wolf cub"
  • Description:

    Channing is a sophisticated surname name whose use is probably linked to actor Channing Tatum and Channing Crowder, former linebacker for the Miami Dolphins.

RudolphHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous wolf"
  • Description:

    Sure, he'd probably get a certain amount of red-nosed teasing around the holiday, but a boy named Rudolph could probably take it. Besides, he's got other, more distinguished namesakes -- the great ballet dancer Nureyev, silent screen Lothario Valentino and 9-11 Mayor Giuliani.

ConalHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "strong as a wolf"
  • Description:

    If there are too many Connors in your neighborhood, this name is equally authentic and much more unusual. Spelled Conal or Conall, it's a prominent name in Irish history, borne by a number of kings and heroes.

WolframHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "wolf raven"
  • Description:

    This powerful old name can actually be traced back to two distinct sources. As an Old German name, Wolfram (borne by the medieval poet Wolfram von Eschenbach) derives from a combination of wolf + hraben “raven”.