Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκουργος (Lykourgos)
, derived from λυκος (lykos)
"wolf" (genitive λυκου
) and εργον (ergon)
"work, deed". In Greek legend this was the name of a king who was driven mad by the gods because of his impiety. This was also the name of a Spartan legislator of the 9th century BC.