Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Wolf

Wolf(e) is the transferred use of an Anglo-Norman-Irish surname that developed shortly after the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 followed by the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170. The first record of the surname appeared in 1166 as “Wulf” in Lincoln, England.   Most etymologists believe the surname was derived from a nickname, the holders of which were considered fierce and cunning people.  The Olde English word “wulf” described a “wolfish person” (a devil of sorts), ultimately borrowed from the Proto-Indo-European root *u̯l̥ku̯os- meaning “wolf, lobo” (i.e., the animal).  Later in medieval times, wolves became symbolic of lustful women, from the Latin slang “lupa” (cf. “lobo”) meaning “she-wolf, prostitute” until the Elizabethan Age when wolves were more associated with lustful men.  This surname may have also been assigned as an occupation name for one who hunted wolves.  Whatever the origin of the surname, it’s clear the name’s etymology is connected to the wolf, an animal of great important in ancient times. In Norse and Japanese mythology, the wolf was regarded as an animal of great importance, symbolic of god-like creatures.  As a masculine given name, Wolf(e) is not common, but is used among a handful of baby boys each year in the United States (truth be told, about 40).

All About the Baby Name – Wolf

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME WOLF

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME WOLF

The masculine given name Wolf was given to 24 baby boys in 2012 and Wolfe was given to 17.  In other words, this is a highly uncommon name. Yet how can we not love it? It’s just so, so masculine and so, so canine-friendly. Who doesn’t respect a wolf?  Indeed, they’re cunning and fierce, yet they roam in a very organized social pack where everyone has a well-defined place.  Wolves are awesome, and have been highly regarded since ancient times up through the Modern Era. Perhaps many parents are unaware of this name’s usage, but it does get some circulation.  Perhaps not a name for everyone, but we think this one is man’s best friend! 

Quick Facts

ON WOLF

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

WULF

SIMPLE MEANING:

Wolf

Characteristics

OF WOLF

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Wolf

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME WOLF

Popular Songs

ON WOLF

The Wolf that Lives in Lindsey
a song by Joni Mitchell

Famous People

NAMED WOLF

We cannot find any famous people with the first name Wolf.

Children of Famous People

NAMED WOLF

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Wolf

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME WOLF

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Wolf