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Gender: Male Meaning of Wolf: "traveling wolf" Origin of Wolf: Animal name or diminutive of Wolfgang

The name Wolf is a boy's name of German origin meaning "traveling wolf". Wolf and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "List 5 middles".

From the experts:

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.

Spelling variation Wolfe pushes it into surname territory, while nickname Wolfie definitely domesticates it.

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Famous People Named Wolf

Wolf, nickname of Adolf Hitler
Wolf Isaac Blitzer, American TV journalist
Wolf Ruvinskis, Mexican actor
Wolf Larson (born Wolfgang von Wyszecki), German-Canadian actor
Wolf Kahler, German actor
Wolf Hoffmann, German guitarist of metal band Accept
(Karl) Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter
Wolf Mail, Canadian blues rock musician
Wolf Martin Garber, birth 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'Connell (b. 2002), son of model Amanda Swafford and Tobias O'Connell
Nakoa-Wolf 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 Wolf, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Wolf

Wolf, a wolf in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver
Winston "The Wolf" Wolffe, character in film Pulp Fiction
Wolf, character in the miniseries"The 10th Kingdom"
Wolf Larsen, character in The Sea-Wolf, a novel by Jack London
Wolf aka Ze'ev Kesley, main character in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Father and Mother Wolf, characters in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Wolf, character in The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Wolf aka Ezra, character in The Night Angel Trilogy
Wolf, code name for a character in Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Bigby Wolf, character in the Fables comic series
Wolf O'Donnell, character in the Star Fox video game series
Sniper Wolf, character in video game Metal Gear Solid
Wolf Hawkfield, character in the Virtua Fighter video game series
The Big Bad Wolf, fairy tale villain
Clawd Wolf, son of the werewolf in "Monster High" show and series

Wolfhart, Wolfe, Woolf, Wolff, Wulf, Wulfe

Wolf's International Variations

Ulf (Swedish) Ulv (Norwegian)