Wolf Name Meaning

English, Danish, and German: from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf ‘wolf’, or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently. In ancient and medieval times it played an important role in Germanic mythology, being regarded as one of the sacred beasts of Woden. This name is widespread throughout northern, central, and eastern Europe, as well as in Britain and German-speaking countries. German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf, Middle High German wolf. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Volf meaning ‘wolf’, which is associated with the Hebrew personal name Binyamin (see Benjamin). This association stems from Jacob’s dying words ‘Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil’ (Genesis 49:27). Irish: variant spelling of Woulfe.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Wolf Family Origin

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Wolf Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Wolf family was Carpenter. The most common Wolf occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Wolf's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wolf.

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Wolf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wolf in 1943 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wolf

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