Can we talk about Wolfgang?

Husband and I have been struggling with names for #3. We always struggle. But this time we chose not to find out the sex so we are struggling x2...

 

Walking around Vegas last night and pass a restaurant "Wolfgang Puck." My husband jokingly says "How about Wolfgang?!"

 

Well, jokes on him, because I immediately fell in love. HARD. 

 

Strong, rich history, beautiful imagery comes into my mind. I played piano throughout my childhood - so of course the Mozart connection is wonderful to me. The nickname Wolf is perfection. Not to mention Nobel Prize wining theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli (husband is a science guy - we named first son after Sir Isaac Newton.)

 

Husband loves the name but he feels it is unusable. TOO badass. Might set him up for teasing?

 

I feel like it's actually a name that kids would love. 

 

How do you guys feel about the name? Is it usable in your opinion? Thoughts?

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November 18, 2016 1:31 PM

I've always loved this name. I think it is too badass in a good way.

It's been a while since I've been around young children, but even then, I NEVER heard any name teasing.

How old are your other two? Have you heard them or friends tease?

Anyway, I think with this name it would have more of a fun kind of tease, not the mean kind.

Fantasizing - his first girlfriend or best friend who's a girl is Katherine (Kat). Wolf & Kat! 

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November 18, 2016 1:58 PM

Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli's son is Wolfgang who has followed his father into the music business.  Edward Lodewijk Van Halen is Dutch, a native of Nijmegen where I myself used to live.  In the Netherlands it is not unheard of to have old school Germanic names; I personally knew a Wolfram.

I am an advocate of Wolf which was my grandfather's name--I think is a way cool name.  So I think Wolfgang is fine, and Wolf is even better.

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November 19, 2016 2:30 AM

I love Wolfgang, and would encourage you to use it!

It's a name that's come up before and been well received: http://www.babynamewizard.com/forum/wolfgang-too-bizarre

FWIW, I have a baby Wolf now (a nickname for Wi1fred), and it's gone over really well. Kids are enjoying the Wolf=wolf jokes especially, plus my eldest is currently at the Wolf rank in scouting, so good times. You can sing "Hungry like the Wolf" to your baby during the insatiable evening eating.

My mother-in-law refuses to use the nickname and rolls her eyes, but she's the type who rolls her eyes at a lot of things so I tend not to take it very seriously. She's the only one who hasn't expressed excitement about the nickname. I think Wolfgang is another nice combination package where you have the cool, naturey nickname and also a longer, more fusty formal version. Sounds like a winner to me, especially since it has meaningful associations for both you and your husband. Go for it!

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November 19, 2016 6:02 PM

I am pro Wolfgang and love the nickname Wolf. 

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November 22, 2016 10:07 AM

I personally would be cautious. Wolfgang is an elegant name with some pretty amazing history, but it could easily be prone to teasing. I think the nickname Wolf would probably be a better option, with the full name Wolfgang. I would also consider the name Amadeus (a favorite of mine). I'm not trying to discourage you from using the name you love, just stating my opinion.

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November 22, 2016 3:45 PM

I love the name Wolfgang, but maybe as a middle name. I'd also only consider it if you have some German heritage because it is a very old school very German name. Wolf is catchy and more versatile IMO. I briefly considered Wolfgang for my son (he is half German) but ultimately decided it would be a bit too strange because he is mixed white/Asian. I lobbied for Wolf though, but my husband didn't like it for various reasons. I have since met a baby Wolf (Australian/Dutch born in Germany) and I think it's perfect for him!

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November 22, 2016 4:53 PM

I like Wolfgang well enough. It's not exactly my style, but I like that it's both classic and adventurous, sounds arty and has a more hardcore nickname in the form of Wolf.

On a teasing front it's important to remember that children get teased, not names (unless the name is truly something atrocious). When the child is seen as cool or wel-adjusted, people will accept whatever their name is; when the child is perceived to be vulnerable or easy prey, they will be teased, and it may be their name that is targeted, or it may be something else. I don't see why Wolfgang is more prone to teasing than other names, particularly. 

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November 22, 2016 7:57 PM

Wolfgang -- but not Wolf -- feels Fery, Fery Cherman, ifyouknowwhatImean. :-) I think it has something to do with a radio program my dad used to listen to where the host was Wolfgang something, and I can still hear the radio host's heavy Austrian accent in my head (though not the words, any more). I would be surprised to meet a young Wolfgang who did not either have at least one set of German-speaking grandparents or have classical musician parents (or both) -- but I would be delighted to meet him, regardless.

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November 22, 2016 9:00 PM

When you mentioned radio, my mind went to Wolfman Jack.

I think that's a fun association even though hardly anyone on this board would know who he was.

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November 23, 2016 12:41 PM

I do!

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November 23, 2016 6:48 PM

Very reassuring comments, everyone! Thank you!

I can't get the name out of my head. I feel like it really could be the one. Husband rubbed my bump today and said "little Wolf baby." He's sure we are having a boy. He was right with our first two so we will see...

Completely blank when it comes to girls names. I love Lorelei but it was immediatly vetoed. 

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March 6, 2017 10:24 PM

Glad to find this forum on Wolfgang! I'm 36 weeks with our second baby, and we didn't find out the gender. If it's a boy, we are almost completely set on Wolfgang- we brought it up jokingly early in my pregnancy and let it go, thinking it was "too much."  The other night we brought it up again, and my husband and I were like, "whoa, I think this is the name if it's a boy!"  My husband is 50% German, speaks German, my mother in law still has a thick German accent, and we've been to Germany multiple times to meet his Oma and Opa...so super German heritage for this baby!

 

Thanks for all of the responses to the original post- they helped a lot!

We have a pretty strong middle name chosen too- Ga1i1ee. My husband was born in Israel to a German mother and American father, and we recently returned to Israel last year, and our favorite place was Ga1i1ee, and it has tons of spiritual meaning for us too. 

So, the name Wolfgang Ga1i1ee Th0mas would be it if we have a boy! We decided we will likely call the baby "Wolfie" or "Wolf" for short which just sounds awesome.  Not sure if anyone will see this post, but it is good to get it "out" there, since we are keeping the name a secret until I deliver!

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March 7, 2017 12:01 AM

I think your enthusiasm for the name (I would say and your pregnancy brain, but I find the latter idea implicitly misogynistic, even though I experienced the debility myself) may have clouded your internet posting sensibility. You've posted the same exact post three times across two threads. You also should probably have used some kind of masking, like numbers or symbols in place of certain letters, if you don't want your future son's unique set of names to be permanently web-searchable and associated with this site.

That said, great name and congratulations. May he wear it in good health. If he does end up being a he.

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March 8, 2017 2:31 AM

It's really easy to post multiple times as a result of refreshing (I have done it entirely unpregnant myself) and as a newcomer it's also easy to discover that the Baby Name Ideas and Dilemmas forum has all the traffic only after you've posted in one of the lower traffic forums. Plus, other forum sites do notify participants of replies to threads they've participated in in the past (though this site does not have that feature), so it's easy to mistakenly think there might be a benefit to replying to both of the recent Wolfgang threads here.  

I'm happy to mask the name after the fact using my moderator superpowers -- and I agree that it is, indeed, an excellent name!

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March 7, 2017 4:24 AM

I think it's a great name for your family, and that Gal!lee also works nicely for a girl middle, if you end up having a girl. The curiosity must be extreme at this point!