Post # 32
I have a friend named Wolfgang and we call him Wolf but he’s actually German (accent and everything.) I’m kind of neutral on it.
Post # 33
Wolf is cool. Wolf Blitzer is one of my favorite anchorman. Go for it.
Post # 34
American TV I assume then, Ive not heard of him.
Post # 35
I like Wolfgang (Like Mozart, although I’m more partial to Amadeus, even though I’m an atheist), I went to H.S. with someone named Wolfgang, but you can also go for Lupo (Italian for Wolf).
Post # 36
I don’t think Beowulf is that hard to pronounce, considering it’s a story a lot of people have heard of. And even sounding it out, there aren’t a lot of ways you can screw it up.
I definitely like Beowulf better than just Wolf. And I agree with a PP who said pair it with a normal name. That way if teasing is an issue the child can choose to go by their more normal name. But don’t let people scare you into a certain name because it’s a lose-lose situation. Name your kid Beowulf and everyone asks why would you do that to your poor child?! Name him George and everyone asks why such a common name, don’t you want your child to be unique? Shouldn’t this fundamental piece of who your child is be one if a kind?! Also, my nephew has a name WAY more out there than Wolf or Beowulf- it’s in another galaxy in comparison! No one has any idea how to pronounce or spell it; to this day my brother (his dad) has to ask me how to spell his name. But despite the horror stories, he’s had no issues with being teased or anything. He just goes by the shortened form of it, no big deal. In this era of mispelled or “unique” names, I really don’t think teasing is as much of a thing as it was when every child was called Bill or Sally.
Post # 37
I think it’s a terrible idea, sorry! And I would feel even worse for Wolf’s girlfriend some day…
Post # 38
Thank you for the perspective – I appreciate that!
Post # 39
I was bullied, teased and taunted from kindergarten through 12th grade for my surname. So, with that experience, I’d suggest using Wolf as a nickname and have a less controversial given name.
Post # 40
I like it. One of the members of the band Eisley names his son Josiah Wolf but they just call him Wolf.
Post # 41
This is a name you’d give a Viking baby.
Is your baby a Viking? No? Please don’t.
Post # 42
yeah I think it’s weird, sorry.
Post # 43
as far as I can tell the only downside to Beowulf would be if they had a second child named Grendel. You can pronounce it bay-oh-wolf or bee-o-wolf, both are correct – I dont see any other logical pronunciations so they should be good there.
Personally I would rather name my kid Beowulf than a name like Jacob, Benjamin or Matthew. I have more resonance with Teutonic tribes and the way they saw the world than biblical peoples.
Post # 44
@vagabondette: Honestly? I don’t like it at all. I think your he would be made fun of while growing up and that adults might have trouble taking him seriously when he gets older. My guess is, he might even go by his middle name depending on what it is.
I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but I don’t think the name will serve your child well. But if you really want to do it, no one is stopping you.
Post # 45
Please please please No! The poor child will get teased rotten at school
Post # 46
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
How about Zev? It means Wolf.