Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “wolf path; wolf strife.”

The name is composed of the Old Germanic elements wolf meaning “wolf” and gang meaning “strife” or “walk.” The name was borne by a a medieval German saint, known as Wolfgang of Regensburg (934-944) and is considered one of the three great German saints of the 10th-century.

The name is also borne by Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and German novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Popular German diminutives are Wolf and Wolfie. In recent years, the name has been considered dated in German speaking countries. The designated name-day is October 31.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Volfgangu
  • Volfgang (Croatian/Slovakian)
  • Vuk (Croatian)
  • Farkas (Hungarian)
  • Volfgango (Italian)
  • Volfgangs (Latvian)
  • Volfas/Volfgangas (Lithuanian)