Wolf name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wolf

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  1. According to a user from Canada, the name Wolf means "Majestic Hunter".
  2. A user from Oregon, U.S. says the name Wolf means "A wild dog".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wolf
  1. [Zoöl] Any one of several species of wild and savage carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely allied to the common dog. The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf (Canis lupus), the American gray, or timber, wolf (Canis occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man.
  2. [Zoöl] One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvæ of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf .
  3. Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
  4. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  5. An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus.(Obs)"If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side." [Jer. Taylor.]
  6. [Mus]
    1. The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.
    2. In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale.
  7. [Textile Manuf] A willying machine.

Etymology: OE. wolf wulf, AS. wulf; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. ūlfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk', L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos, Skr. vṛka; also to Gr. "e`lkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces. √286. Cf. Lupine (a.) Lyceum

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
  2. A cruelly rapacious person
  3. A man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women
  4. German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
  5. Austrian composer (1860-1903)
  6. Eat hastily ("The teenager wolfed down the pizza")

From wolf.

  1. The constellation Lupus.

From Middle English and German short forms of given names containing the Germanic element "wolf".

  1. A surname​.
  2. An unknown-gender given name

    Wolf was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, German, and Pennsylvania German

    Notable Persons Named Wolf

    Notable Persons Named Wolf

    Wolf Blitzer

    Wolf Blitzer is a journalist. He holds the title Anchor, The Situation Room, and Wolf. He was most active from 1972 to present. Wolf was given the name Wolf Isaac Blitzer on March 22nd, 1948 in Augsburg. Wolf is also known as Blitzer, Zev; Barak, and Zev.

    Wolf Hoffmann

    Wolf Hoffmann is a heavy metal music, speed metal, and hard rock musician. He plays Guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Flying V, Jackson King V, and Vocals. Wolf was born on December 10th, 1959.

    Bill Macy

    Bill Macy is an actor. His career lasted from 1955 to 2010. Bill was given the name Wolf Martin Garber on May 18th, 1922 in Revere, Massachusetts, U.S.

    Wolf Muser

    Wolf Muser is an actor. Wolf was born on October 23rd, 1950 in Esslingen am Neckar.

    Wolf Hudson

    Wolf was born on November 24th, 1984 in New York City.

    Wolf Kahler

    Wolf Kahler is an actor. He was most prominent from 1975 to present. Wolf was born on April 3rd, 1940 in Kiel.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wolf

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wolf

    Scott Wolf

    Scott Wolf is an actor. He was most active from 1990 to present. Scott was given the name Scott Richard Wolf on June 4th, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

    Howlin' Wolf

    Howlin' Wolf was a chicago blues musician. He was most active from 1940 to 1976. Howlin' was given the name Chester Arthur Burnett on June 10th, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi. He left this life on January 10th, 1976.

    Dick Wolf

    Dick Wolf is a television writer, director, executive producer, and creator. Dick was given the name Richard Anthony Wolf on December 20th, 1946 in New York City, New York, U.S. Dick is also known as Richard A. Wolf and Richard Wolf.

    Naomi Wolf

    Naomi Wolf is a writer. Naomi was born on November 12th, 1962 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

    Peter Wolf

    Peter Wolf is a rock, roll, blues, and blue-eyed soul musician. He has been prominent since 1966. Peter was given the name Peter W. Blankfield on March 7th, 1946 in United States.

    Tom Wolf

    Tom Wolf is a Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Tom was born on November 17th, 1948 in York, Pennsylvania.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wolf U.S.
      White 93.67% 64.26%
      African American 1.07% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wolf

    People with the last name Wolf are most frequently White

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Wolf

  1. What name lists does Wolf rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Wolf? Wolf is the 10,247th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wolf was the 474th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Wolf have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,101 babies born with the first name Wolf in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wolf to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Wolf? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  5. When was Wolf first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wolf is Thursday, May 16th, 1867.
  6. What year had the most people named Wolf born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wolf was in 2019 with a total of 86 babies.
  7. Random Wolf Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wolf is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 14 babies in New York have the same name in 1998.
  8. Weird things about the name Wolf: The name spelled backwards is Flow. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wlfo. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Wolf? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 70,031 people with the last name Wolf.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wolf? Wolf was ranked as the 474th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  11. Wolf name meaning

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