Old Norse Úlfr (m.)

Úlfr is a very common name throughout Scandinavia, meaning ‘wolf’. It is also frequent in England, occurring both independently and in place-names like Ulceby Lincolnshire and Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire. While Old English has a personal name element Wulf, common in compound names such as Wulfstan, it is very rarely used on its own as a monothematic name, unlike the Old Norse cognate. The Old Norse name can also be found as both the first and second element in compound names, such as Úlfgeirr or Þórulfr.

The name is also found in a sundial inscription from Aldbrough, East Yorkshire, along with the female name Gunnvor.

Old Norse Name


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Ascribed Culture


Viking Names


male_name, personal-name

Further information

This object is related to Ulceby, Lincolnshire.
Find out about Ulceby, Lincolnshire.


Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture

John Insley, Scandinavian Personal Names in Norfolk. Uppsala: Acta Academiae Regiae Gustavi Adolphi LXII (1994), pp. 437-440.

Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag (1968), pp. 321-324.

E.H. Lind, Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Supplementband. Oslo: Jacob Dybwads Bokhandel  (1931), col. 795-804.

E.H. Lind, Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel (1915), col. 1048-1056.