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The name Beowulf/Beówulf is more likely composed from the elements beado (battle, war, slaughter) and wulf (wolf) making the meaning: war-wolf or battle-wolf. The first element beo/beó would hence be a contraction of the longer beado. It seems unlikely that a person, however mythic, would receive a kenning such as bee-wolf in lieu of a more belligerent name that properly advertises his prowess in battle. [noted -ed]
Tatwine  2/6/2018
A great name with great meaning and history.

I have a baby on the way that will bear this name!
Germania  5/15/2017
Hi, I read all of the comments about the name Beowulf and I just wanted to say that I named my son Beowulf, Beowulf Keats actually. It was a name his father had known he would name his son since he was 12 years old and it was a little hard to picture my son with this name at first but now I could not imagine him by any other. He is a strong, beautiful boy and to know him would be to know that he is meant to have this name. And yes, we call him Beo sometimes and yes, I can tell right away who knows the story of Beowulf when we say his name... either a weird look or a knowing look. Anyways, I love my Beowulf Keats to no end... thanks for reading.
Beowulfs mom  1/30/2017
I love the old Beowulf poem, so I almost love this name by default, as well. I don't really think it'd be suitable for a real person, but for the hero in the poem, I love it.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
I like it. I think it's pronounced BAY - oh - wolf. I'd use it, but only as a middle name.
angiec8420  12/2/2013
It's interesting to note that in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, picking "native" names from Celtic mythology and folklore is all the rage, yet well-known Anglo-Saxon names like Beowulf don't even rank in England. Perhaps this name will have a renaissance soon?
― Anonymous User  8/3/2012
This name is sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. I would name my son this, but I would call him "Beo" (BAY-o) in public, which I think is a really cute nickname for a boy, and having a name with "Wulf" in it is just awesome. So it's got cuteness and awesomeness! What's not to like?
XICooper  6/24/2012
Love it... for a dog..
:) It's cute, but it is creative ;)
abbeynotch  11/24/2010
This sounds ugly, medieval, and very elitist, even more so than Gilgamesh or Hercules. Plus, it makes me think of that recent hideous movie adaptation of the poem.
bananarama  7/15/2009
Beowulf Shaeffer is the protagonist of Larry Niven's classic science fiction story "Neutron Star."
marauder34  3/17/2009
Beowulf is the oldest poem in the english language, or just about anyway. I had to read it once, and analyse it. Hated it. It'd be kind of funny to have a boy named Beowulf.
alyce  7/14/2008
J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that the name originally meant a "bee hunter", which in turn could mean a "bear", but also a "woodpecker", or anything else that feeds on bees.

My original impression of this name was that it refers to a "white wolf", because of the similarity to the Polish word "bialy" which means "white". It's probably a coincidence though.
angolmois  11/26/2006
J.R.R Tolkien used the "Beowulf" poem for many of his ideas for the Lord of the Rings, especially for the people of Rohan.
celebrindal  4/1/2006
The 13th Warrior is a movie based on Beowulf. I think it's awful, but if you like blood and gore, watch it.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2005

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