Gender: Male Meaning of Wolfgang: "traveling wolf" Origin of Wolfgang: German

Wolfgang Origin and Meaning

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

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.

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cmailest Says:


such a cool name!

Dietrich Says:


Austrian is not an ethnicity. He was an ethnic German. As most Austrians are.

ambercat Says:


If I had been a boy, my parents were going to name me Wolfgang after my paternal grandfather. In junior high, I was best friends with a girl who would have been named after her dad, Ludwig. For some reason, at the time, we found humor in this.

aleerakate Says:


Forget family (in that sense), they'll come around to it, my 6 year old nephew is Kevin, everyone hated it, including me, but now he just is Kev, no other name could suit him.
I like Wolf but I think Wolfgang has more depth and significance because of the history of it. It might seem a bit much for a baby but I'm sure you would find he would grow into this very quickly and have a beautiful, big, strong personality to match his name :)

Swiss_Miss Says:


My husband loves this name, but I'm worried it's just too much for a little baby... and that our family members are going to think we're totally nuts! Is "Wolf" or "Wolfe" better? Or just go classic Wolfgang and he'll probably go by Wolf?

beachbear Says:


I will always associate Wolfgang with a character off some 90s cartoon (Hey Arnold?) who was a thug bully. I can't even hardly associate it with Mozart the way I should because I knew cartoon Wolfgang first :)

Amy Says:


I'm honestly shocked at how much animosity we faced after my husband and I picked this name out fairly early on in the pregnancy. It was the first name we heard that both of us just fell for. I haven't met my little Wolf yet, but I can't imagine him by any other name. I've noticed it's mostly older folks that seem to have an issue with it. It's an old, strong and unique name.



no one's going to mess with a Wolfgang, and Wolfie, and Wolf are pretty cool nicknames

EasterBunny Says:


You're right about him referring to himself as Amadeus in jest, as he did with 'Trazom'. He once wrote a letter putting 'us' after every word, signing off his name as 'Wolfgangus Amadeus Mozartus', definitely as a joke. He did refer to himself as Amadè in his later life though, that much is documented. He even signed his wedding contract as Amadè. Some others did refer to him as Amadeus during his lifetime, even though he himself did not. Gottlieb is equally valid - perhaps more so, as that is what his parents called him - but there is no reason Amadeus, or at least Amadè, should not be used.

Side note - he was actually Austrian. I know, it's the German language still.

Wolfgang Says:


He was given a Latin name at birth, as he was of the Latin, Roman Catholic Church.

As I understand it, he never once referred to himself as "Amadeus".

The only time he did that was in jest.

He was often making jokes with language and his name. Calling himself "Gnagflow Trazom" for example.

Again, as I understand it, "Amadeus" was never used, until long after he was dead.

He was German, and spoke German, and there is no reason why he would use anything other than "Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart".

As a German, I feel like a part of his legacy has been robbed....


On an aside:

For those that do not know, "Gottlieb" is a contemporary German name (many date back 2,500+ years) from the Christian faith, meaning "Love of God". A good German name, if you were Christian!

Wolfgang is clearly a name of ancient Germanic pagan origins. The Wolf is a spiritual symbol to the Asatruers and Odinists. Odin himself had two wolves, Geri and Freki.

Further, the first famous Wolfgang, was a Catholic Saint.

EasterBunny Says:


Actually, both are true. He was born Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. "Joannes Chrysostomus" are baptismal names, and were rarely used in everyday life, so that leaves us with Wolfgangus Theophilus. The 'us' in Latin Wolfgangus seemed to be added for the parish register only, and he was called Wolfgang. Theophilus comes from Greek and was the middle name of his godfather - the Latin form being Amadeus and the German form Gottlieb. Mozart's father announced his birth, calling him 'Wolfgang Gottlieb'. The composer himself signed his name as 'Wolfgang Amadeo' or later 'Wolfgang Amadè', which became 'Amadeus'. His widow referred to him as 'Wolfgang Amadeus', even on her application for a widow's pension and on his death certificate. Different biographers use 'Amadeus' and 'Gottlieb'. It seems it was common at the time for people to use other languages' versions of the same name.

Wolfgang Says:


"Amadeus" was NOT the famous German composer's middle name! His name was "Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart"!

eveyalecia Says:


I really like the nn Wolfie or Wolf, and love that this name is so fun, yet is "authentic" with a history that sort of legitimizes it. I have to admit-- wasn't really on my radar, but the character from Sense8 made me open my mind to it. Though, even in the show, Wolfgang's best friend says, "Who's actually named Wolfgang???"

vintageluvs Says:


People who scoffed Wolfgang have never met a Wolfgang. I have a close friend who's name is this, and he goes by Wolf or Wolfie, occasionaly by his full first name. He's an awesome guy, and everybody loves him. And everyone remembers his name because ... I mean, how many Wolfgangs do you know?

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Myosotis Says:


I've recently started to crush on Wolfgang; for some reason I can suddenly imagine it more on a child than before. Wolf/Wolfie is such a cool nickname, and the musical connected is an added plus (I love Amadeus as well). And it's a bit of an alternative Wolfram, which I love, but is way too tied to the website.

kitchi1 Says:


Ever since I heard in music class that this was Mozart's first name, I loved it. It was the first time I ever heard it. And then, my dad's friend has a little Wolfgang, who they something call Wolfie, although he's usually called another nickname that has nothing to do with his name. Anyway, if I ever have a boy, I will name him Wolfgang "Wolfie".