Lubin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: French
Meaning: “wolf-like.”
(Pronunciation)

The name is possibly derived from the Latin, Lupinus, meaning, “wolf-like.” The name was borne by a 6th-century French saint and bishop of Chartres.

It also appears in Jean-François Marmontel’s 1761 morality tale, Annette & Lubin. The story recounts the illicit affair between two orphaned cousins who subsequently bear children together and become the spectacle of their town in Belgium. The story is supposedly based on true events which occurred in Spa. The two characters have become folk heros in modern Spa and there is a local hill named for them.

Lubin is a term which also appears in French folk-lore as the name of a type of elf who appears on the road to Normandy on Christmas, screaming, “Robert the devil is dead!”. Lubin is also used to describe a type of werewolf which hangs out in graveyards and feeds off the bones of the dead. Despite these rather unsavory connotations, the name still appears in the French top 500. As of 2009, he was the 326th most popular male name.

It is also the name of a city in Poland, though this has a different etymology.

 

Ivaylo

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Bulgarian Ивайло
Meaning: “wolf.”
(ee-VYE-loh)

The name is derived from the Bulgar, vulo, meaning, “wolf.”

This was the name of a Ivaylo I of Bulgaria (13th-century CE), a Bulgarian Emperor.

As of 2009, Ivaylo was the 10th most popular male name in Bulgaria.

A variant transcription is Ivailo.

Feminine forms are Ivaila and Ivayla.

Kurt

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Germ/Eng (KURT)

The name was originally a diminutive form of Konrad and has been used as an independent given name since at least the 18th-century.

Kurt and Curt has experienced prevalent usage in English-speaking countries, particularly in the United States. The highest it ranked was in 1964, when it came in as the 109th most popular male name. As of 2010, it does not appear in the U.S. top 1000.

It has recently been brought to the attention through the Fox series, Glee being the name of one of its protagonists, Kurt Hummel.

Kurt is currently the 246th most popular male name in Germany, (2011). Another spelling is Curt.

Kurt is also occasionally used in the Czech Republic.

Coincidentally, the name is also used in Turkey, being from the Turkish word for wolf. Its Turkmen cognate is Gurt and its Bashkir is Kort.

 

Ralph

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: wolf counselor
British English (RAFE); American English (RELF)

The name is derived from the Norse male name, Raðulfr, which is composed of the elements, rað (counsel) and ulfr (wolf). The name has been in usage in England since Anglo-Saxon times, due to viking settlers and remained common even after the Norman conquest. Throughout the centuries, the name has gone through an evolution. In Medieval times it was often rendered as Ralf, then by the 17th-century it was commonly spelled Rafe to reflect the proper pronunciation and by the turn of the century Ralph became a household name (pronounced RELF) in the United States. Within the United States, it was also commonly used as a diminutive form of Raphael or at least as an English equivalent by various immigrants.

The highest the name has ever ranked in U.S. naming history was between 1914 and 1917, consecutively ranking in at # 21. As of 2010, it was the 968th most popular male name. It is currently the 447th most popular male name in the Netherlands (2010).

Its Latin equivalent of Raul ranked in significantly higher, it was the 336th most popular male name in the United States (2010), the 48th most popular in Catalonia (2009) and the 32nd most popular in Spain (2010)

Other forms of the name include:

Raül (Catalan)
Rafe (English)
Ralf (English/German/Scandinavian)
Raul (Estonian/Italian/Portuguese)
Raoul (French)
Radulf (German)
Raulo (Italian)
Rault (Old French)
Raoult (Old French)
Roul (Old French)
Raðulfr (Old Norse)
Raou (Occitanian)

Raúl (Spanish)

Ralphie is a common diminutive form in the English-speaking world.

The name was borne by a 12th-century male saint. It is also borne by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Designated name-days are: March 7 (Estonia), March 27 (Sweden) July 7 (France), August 27 (Sweden)

Raul is also the name of a volcanic island in the Kermadec archipelago.

Sources

  1. Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 1219
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/ralph

Wolfgang

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)

Farkas

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hungarian
Meaning: “wolf.”
FUR-kush

The name comes directly from the Hungarian word for wolf, it also appears as surname. The name is considered a cognate of the German Wolfgang. Its designated name-day is October 31. The name was borne by Farkas Bolyai (1775-1856) a Hungarian mathematician.

Beowulf

  • Gender: Masculine
  • Origin: Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: “bee-wolf.”
  • (BAY-woolf)

The name is composed of the elements beo meaning “bee” and wulf meaning “wolf.” It is most notably known through the Anglo-Saxon epic poem of the same name. The poem recounts the adventures and exploits of the heroic Beowulf who is able to defeat the evil dragon Grendel and its mother. Though a huge part of English literature, its a shame that this powerful name has never really been in usage since the death of the Anglo-Saxon period. It would make a most interesting appellation, it has the possible nickname options of Bay, Beo and Wolf.

Fáilbhe

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Gaelic
Meaning: “wolf slayer; spritely.”
Ir/Scotch (FAWLV-yeh); Eng (FAL-vee).

The name is sometimes anglicized as Falvy. The name was borne by an early Scottish saint, Saint Failbhe the Little. He was the abbot of Iona and died around 754 C.E. The designated name day is July 11.

Sandolf, Sandulf

Gender: Male
Origin: Gothic
Meaning: “true wolf.”
German (ZAHN-dolf); English (SAN-dulf)

Derived from the Gothic element sanths meaning “true” or “real,” and vulfs meaning “wolf.”

Nicknames include Sand, Sandy and Dolf.

The name is currently rare in German speaking countries.