Gender: Male Pronunciation: BAY-ə-woolf Meaning of Beowulf: "bee wolf" Origin of Beowulf: Old English

Beowulf Origin and Meaning

The name Beowulf is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bee wolf".

This ancient name is that of the hero of the epic Beowulf, which is thought to be the oldest-ever poem in English lit written in the vernacular. J. R. R. Tolkien used it as one of his inspirations for The Lord of the Rings. Certainly a weighty if historically relevant choice, but usable for a modern baby? Even with the possible nickname Wolfie, it would be a challenging name to bear.

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LydSyl Says:


The nickname is Beo. It is a name that works surprisingly well in real life with the right personality. (smart, unusual). "Beo" in Irish means "alive" or "life."

indiefendi2 Says:


You must not know much about hipsters...

Dietrich Says:


It's not wolf, it's bear.

Dietrich Says:


It's not a wolf name. It is bear!

Dietrich Says:


Doubt hipsters are into ancient Germanic literature...

Dietrich Says:


Why are so many people on here obsessed with diminutives?

Dietrich Says:


It means "bear".

Dietrich Says:


Yeah, this is like the most racist Germanophobic site I have ever seen for baby names!

indiefendi2 Says:


I heard some artsy person named Beowulf on a commercial and I thought....bloody hipsters.

Wolfgang Says:


All the descriptions on here about Germanic names sound racist. Beowulf is a GREAT name!

Sorceress Says:


Only wulf name I like and hard to pair names with.

Zelliew Says:


I don't like any 'wulf' names

Vespertinerose Says:


I kind of like it, Bo as a nickname would be darling.