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Wolf is a name that is used as a surname, given name, and a name among Germanic-speaking peoples: see Wulf. Names which translate to English "wolf" are also common among many other nations, including many Native American peoples within the current or former extent of the habitat of the gray wolf (essentially all of North America).

Geographical distributionEdit

As of 2014, 53.2% of all known bearers of the surname Wolf were residents of Germany (frequency 1:413), 27.4% of the United States (1:3,608), 3.9% of Austria (1:596), 2.5% of Brazil (1:21,995), 1.4% of Switzerland (1:1,622), 1.2% of the Netherlands (1:3,735) and 1.0% of France (1:17,534).

In Germany, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:413) in the following states:[1]

  1. Saxony (1:214)
  2. Rhineland-Palatinate (1:292)
  3. Hesse (1:297)
  4. Thuringia (1:297)
  5. Bavaria (1:337)
  6. Brandenburg (1:365)
  7. Baden-Württemberg (1:368)
  8. Saxony-Anhalt (1:394)

Given nameEdit


Nickname or stage nameEdit

  • Enzo Coloni, Italian race car driver and founder of the Scuderia Coloni racing team, nicknamed "the wolf"
  • Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) self-adopted the nickname "Wolf"
  • Gustav Wagner (1911–1980), Austrian SS officer at Sobibór extermination camp
  • Michael Van Wijk, known by the pseudonym Wolf on the television series Gladiators

Fictional charactersEdit

See alsoEdit