Wolf Name Meaning & Origin
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- Nicknames for Wolf
Wolph, Wolff, Wolfie, Wolfy, Wolves, Wolfin, Wolfster, Adolf(o) (german for wolf), Wolvesbane, Werewolf, Lycan, Vevel, Fievel
- Meanings and history of the name Wolf
Short form of Germanic names beginning with the element Wolf-, such as Wolfgang and Wolfram.
A surname derived from the given name, or simply from the English or German word for the animal.
Common Jewish name in the 18th and 19th centuries in Central and Eastern Europe. The wolf is the symbol for the tribe of Benjamin. Because of the tendency for many Jews to move around in Europe and North America during this period, many Jews often tried to 'localize' their names into the local linguistic equivalents. Binyamin or Ze'ev/Zev became Wolf. Very often, diminutives were also used, such as Velvel for Wolf.
At least since the first decade of the 18th century, animal names which had not been used as given names in Biblical times (most of them being the names of large predators) are evident among the East European Yiddish-speaking Jewish communities.
Typically, bi-lingual names were used, the animal name appearing first in Hebrew (the Holy Language for these communities), often as companion name to the name of one of the Twelve Tribes, followed by the corresponding name (that is, having the same meaning) in Yiddish (the vernacular of daily life).
- Famous real-life people named Wolf
Wolf Blitzer, Americna journalist and CNN reporter.
Wolf Robe, Cheyenne chief.
Wolf V. Vishniac, American microbiologist.
Wolf Kahn, Artist
- Wolf in song, story & screen
Wolf, fictional character in Stephen King and Peter Straub's novel "The Talisman."
Wolf Larsen, fictioanl character in the novel Sea-Wolf, written by Jack London.
Wolf, fictional character in TV miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"
"The Big Bad Wolf"- facticious character in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Ridinghood
"Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" a children's song/nursery rhyme
Fievel Mousekewitz, the immigrant mouse in the film An American Tail, was most likely a nick-name for Wolf.