Wolf Names for Their Domesticated Descendants 

Wolf Names for Their Domesticated Descendants 

There are two widely recognized species of wolves in the world: red wolves and grey wolves, but when it comes to subspecies (like timber wolves or tundra wolves), specialists who study wolves can’t agree on how many there are! Regardless of classification, wolves are the direct ancestors of dogs.

When we think of wolves, we often think of noble creatures who live in familial packs and are fantastic hunters. Their strength and capability to survive inspires us and earns our respect. It might even make us think that wolves are really cool animals!

Though you can’t have a wolf as a pet, you can definitely have a dog. If you love wolves, why not give your dog a wolf-themed name? Obviously, wolves are wild animals so they don’t have names like we do. However, there are plenty of names that mean “wolf,” as well as names that suit their noble auras. Let’s take a look.

Names That Mean “Wolf”

If you want to name your dog after wolves, why not give it a name that hits the nail right on the head? These names all have meanings relating to wolves.

  • Accalia – This name means “she-wolf” and has Latin origins.
  • Adalwolfa / Adolpha – A German name meaning “noble she-wolf.”
  • Adalwolf – A German name meaning “noble wolf.”
  • Adolfo – A name of Latin origin meaning “noble-wolf”
  • Amaruq – An Inuit word meaning “grey-wolf.”
  • Amoux – A French name meaning “eagle wolf.”
  • Arnou – This name also means “eagle wolf” in French.
  • Bardawulf – This is an English name meaning “ax wolf.”
  • Bledig – This name has Irish origins and means “like a wolf.”
  • Boris – This Russian name means “short wolf.”
  • Channing – An Irish name meaning “young wolf.”
  • Channon – This is the English version of the previous name.
  • Conan – This Irish name means “hound” or “wolf.”
  • Connery – This name has Celtic origins and means “wolf farmer.”
  • Connor – An Irish name meaning “wolf lover.”
  • Conrí – This name has Gaelic origins and means “wolf king.”
  • Eyolf – A Norwegian name meaning “lucky wolf.”
  • Gonzalo – A Spanish name meaning “wolf.”
  • Gorg – An Iranian name meaning “wolf.”
  • Gunnolf – This Norwegian name means “fighting wolf.”
  • Kiyaya – This is a Yakama Native American name meaning “howling wolf.”
  • Lelou / Leloo – This is a Chinook word adapted from French that means “wolf.”
  • Lobo – “Wolf” in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Lowell – An Old French name meaning “wolf cub.”
  • Lupo – “Wolf” in Italian.
  • Lupus – “Wolf” in Latin.
  • Nashoba – The Choctaw word for “wolf.”
  • Odolf – “Prosperous wolf” in German.
  • Ookami – This is the Japanese word for “wolf.”
  • Raff – An English name meaning “red wolf.”
  • Rand / Randall – An Anglo-Saxon name meaning “shield wolf.”
  • Randolph – An English name meaning “house wolf.”
  • Raoul – An English name meaning “red wolf.”
  • Rodolfo – This Spanish name means “famous wolf.”
  • Rolf – “Red wolf” in the Teutonic language.
  • Rolo – “Famous wolf” in Teutonic.
  • Rudolfo – This name means “mighty wolf” in Spanish.
  • Ulfred – This Olde English name means “wolf of peace.”
  • Ulmer – This name means “fame of the wolf” and is of English origin.
  • Ulrich – This English name means “female wolf.”
  • Vilkas – “Wolf” in Lithuanian.
  • Volk – “Wolf” in Slovenian.
  • Wilk – “Wolf” in Polish.
  • Wolfgang – A German name meaning “son of the wolf.”
  • Wolfram – This name has German origins and is a combination of the words “wolf” and “raven.”
  • Wolfrik – A German name meaning “wolf ruler.”
  • Woolsey – An English name meaning “victorious wolf.”
  • Wulfgar – This name means “wolf-like spear” and has English origins.
  • Wulfsige – An Anglo-Saxon name meaning “victorious wolf.”

Names Inspired by Fictional Characters

There are a number of characters in literature, TV and film, and video games that are wolves or have wolf-like characteristics. As such, these would make great names for those who want to name their dog something wolfy but also love the story or character the name comes from.

  • Akela – A wolf from The Jungle Book who is the leader of his pack.
  • Balto – In the animated film of the same name, Balto is half wolf, half dog.
  • Beowulf – The hero from the famous poem of the same name.
  • Ghost – Jon Snow’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • Gmork – A wolf-like creature from The Neverending Story.
  • Grey Wind – Robb Stark’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • Jacob – The second male lead in the Twilight series who transforms into a wolf.
  • Kodlak Whitemane – A character from the Skyrim series who is afflicted by lycanthropy.
  • Lady – Sansa Stark’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • Maugrim – A talking wolf from The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Nymeria – Arya Stark’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • Padfoot – Sirius Black’s nickname in Harry Potter.
  • Raksha – The female wolf in The Jungle Book who adopts Mowgli.
  • Remus Lupin – The professor who turns into a werewolf in Harry Potter.
  • Shaggy Dog – Rickon Stark’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • Sirius – Named after a star in the Canis Major constellation, this Harry Potter character can transform into a huge, black, wolf-like dog.
  • Skjor – A character from the Skyrim series who can turn into a werewolf.
  • Summer – Bran Stark’s wolf in Game of Thrones.
  • White Fang – A wild wolf-dog from a book of the same name.
  • Wolverine – A character with wolf-like claws from X-Men.

Mythological Creatures and Figures

Mythological beings, whether they be god or creature, bring to mind strength and power. As such, they fit the theme of wolf names. Perhaps one of these could be a great fit for your wolf-descended pup.

  • Anubis
  • Aphrodite
  • Apollo
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Cerberus
  • Diana
  • Fenrir
  • Freya
  • Gaia
  • Goliath
  • Lilith
  • Loki
  • Medusa
  • Morgana
  • Nimueh
  • Nymph
  • Nyneve
  • Odin
  • Persephone
  • Remus
  • Romulus
  • Shiva
  • Sköll
  • Thor
  • Titan
  • Venus
  • Warg

Names Inspired by the Weather

Perhaps it’s because of their thick fur and ability to survive harsh winters, but many of us associate wolves with cold climates. However, there are plenty of wolves that live in North America and other areas that experience all four seasons, including hot summers!

In fact, wolves can survive in temperatures ranging from -70℉  to 120℉. Therefore, names that relate to the weather and climate (especially cold ones) are suitable if you’re hoping to give your pup a wolf-like name.

  • Avalanche
  • Blizzard
  • Breeze
  • Eira – A Welsh name meaning “snow.”
  • Flurry
  • Frost
  • Frost
  • Glacier
  • Hail
  • Haukea – A Hawaiian name meaning “white snow.”
  • Ice
  • Iceberg
  • Icicle
  • Misty
  • Miyuki – A Japanese name meaning “deep snow” or “beautiful snow.”
  • Neva – A Spanish name meaning “white snow.”
  • Neve – A name of Irish and Latin origin meaning “snow.”
  • Polar
  • Rain/Raina
  • Snow
  • Snowball
  • Snowflake
  • Storm
  • Tempest
  • Thunder
  • Winter
  • Yuki – “Snow” in Japanese.

Nature-Inspired Wolf Names

Wolves can live in mountains, forests, prairies, and even swamps. They are part of nature and spend every day in it, so why not choose a name inspired by nature?
timber wolf on forested mountain

  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Aurora
  • Bracken
  • Canyon
  • Cypress
  • Dawn
  • Dusk
  • Fern
  • Ivy
  • Lotus
  • River
  • Sequoia
  • Sky
  • Terra
  • Thorn
  • Timber
  • Tundra
  • Violet
  • Willow
  • Yama – “Mountain” in Japanese.

Precious Stone Names for Precious Pups

Stones, whether they be precious or not, are beautiful and tough just like wolves. They also make lovely names for both people and animals alike.

  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Boulder
  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Pebble
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Stone
  • Topaz

Names Based on Wolf Habitats

These names are based on places where wolves are known to live.

  • Alaska
  • Alpine
  • Arctic/Arctica
  • Cheyenne
  • Dakota
  • Everest
  • Juneau
  • Klondike
  • Kodiak
  • Montana
  • Niagara
  • Siberia
  • Sierra
  • Yukon

Cool Names for Cool Canines

If wolves did have names, they would probably be cool names. You may not have a wolf to name, but your dog is part of the canine family, too! Check out these slick names.

  • Axel
  • Bandit
  • Beast
  • Blitz
  • Claw
  • Commander
  • Drift
  • Echo
  • Fang
  • General
  • Mace
  • Magnum
  • Nikita
  • Nomad
  • Reina – “Queen” in Spanish.
  • Rogue
  • Shadow
  • Thief
  • Viggo
  • Whisper
  • Xena
  • Xerxes
  • Yda
  • Ysale
  • Yvane

Unisex Wolf Names for Dogs

These are some unisex names we think would suit wolves and dogs wonderfully.

  • Alpha
  • Baron
  • Blitz
  • Blue
  • Bolt
  • Charcoal
  • Cinder
  • Clarke
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Echo
  • Gauntlet
  • Gray
  • Gunpowder
  • Indigo
  • Ink
  • Kasper
  • Midnight
  • Moon
  • Night
  • Noir
  • North
  • Outlaw
  • Pewter
  • Platinum
  • Predator
  • Quicksilver
  • Rae
  • Raven
  • Roan
  • Rogue
  • Rune
  • Sabre
  • Saga
  • Sage
  • Scar
  • Scout
  • Shaman
  • Silver
  • Smoke
  • Spirit
  • Stalker
  • Star
  • Stardust
  • Stark
  • Steele
  • Sterling
  • Summit
  • Swift
  • Totem
  • Twilight

Wolf Names for Male Dogs

These names are traditionally masculine, but it’s 2021. If you love one of these names but have a female pup, go ahead and use it anyway!
siberian husky on forest path

  • Aaryn
  • Adolphus
  • Amarok
  • Anton
  • Apache
  • Asher
  • Brute/Brutus
  • Caesar
  • Cayden
  • Chase
  • Czar
  • Devil
  • Dixon
  • Duke
  • Fang
  • Finn
  • Flint
  • Gregor
  • Griffin
  • Gunner
  • Holo
  • Hugo
  • Hunter
  • Inigo
  • Jet
  • Kai
  • Keanu
  • Kiba
  • King
  • Knight
  • Kylo
  • Lance
  • Largo
  • Leo
  • Leonidas
  • Lincoln
  • Lobo
  • Napolean
  • Nyko
  • Pharoah
  • Rocky
  • Roman
  • Sebastian
  • Seiko
  • Sheriff
  • Sparta/Spartan
  • Thorin
  • Torak
  • Troy
  • Tsar
  • Vlad
  • Warlock
  • Zion

Wolf Names for Female Dogs

Like we said before, it’s 2021. Even though these names are traditionally feminine, you can totally use them for male canines, too.

  • Alexa
  • Anika
  • Anya
  • Arcadia
  • Arya
  • Ava
  • Belle
  • Blair
  • Bree
  • Buffy
  • Cami/Camilla
  • Destiny
  • Diva
  • Ebony
  • Eva
  • Fantasia
  • Genesis
  • Heather
  • Helena
  • Ivory
  • Izzy
  • Kadee
  • Kali
  • Kiba
  • Kieko
  • Kiki
  • Koda
  • Kona
  • Leda
  • Leia
  • Lexa
  • Luna
  • Maiden
  • Masha
  • Maya
  • Meiko
  • Mikumi
  • Milah
  • Mystic
  • Nia
  • Nina
  • Niylah
  • Nova
  • Octavia
  • Olga
  • Pepper
  • Petra
  • Queen
  • Sabrina
  • Serafina
  • Shaba
  • Sibi
  • Taika
  • Una
  • Winona
  • Witch
  • Zalia
  • Zara
  • Zelda
  • Zena
  • Zuma

Naming Your Canis Familiaris After a Canis Lupus

Though modern wolves (Canis lupus) are nothing like dogs (Canis familiaris), we owe their ancestors for being brave and resourceful enough to work together with humans, allowing them to evolve into something entirely new. Now, we get to live every day with the most amazing and loving companions: dogs.

If you love wolves, think they’re cool, or simply want to honor your dog’s ancestry, naming your dog something wolfy can be a great option. We hope you were able to find the perfect name for your little miracle of evolution.

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