The name comes directly from the Serbo-Croatian word for “wolf” and has been in use since at least the 13th-century. According to tradition, the name was used on a child who had been born after multiple infant deaths, it was used as a sort of token against evil spirits.
The name was borne by several Medieval Serbian rulers and military leaders.
Vuk is also the name a novel and of the title character in the Hungarian children’s novella by István Fekete (1965).
Medieval feminine forms include: Vlkava and Vlčenka.