I know his name is Logan, but I don't actually know if it's his first name, or last name, or if he even has a first and a last name. To my understanding he ran away from his parents and chose to name himself Logan, but I'm fairly new to the Marvel universe and I could very well be 100% wrong.

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He was born as James Howlett, but he adopted the nickname 'Logan' to keep his identity secret. (Logan was the last name of his groundskeeper). Rose was the one who gave him the name.

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From marvel.com:

Born the second son of wealthy landowners John and Elizabeth Howlett in Alberta, Canada during the late 19th Century [...] James also assumed the name of "Logan" in order to hide his identity.

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    Made me curious: Gulo gulo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine May 20, 2014 at 12:07
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    It can be noted that "Logan" is a bit more than just an assumed nickname. Thomas Logan was his actual birth father, though IIRC, James was not aware of that when he began using the name.
    – phantom42
    May 20, 2014 at 12:46
  • @phantom42 Correct. That his father is named Logan is really just a reference for readers, though. In the universe there really isn't anyone that knows the significance of this (aside from people and entities like the Watcher). Sep 11, 2014 at 14:24
  • Yes that is right James howlett is Logan Logan was the last name of his grounds keeper rose was the one who gave him the name he was adopted aswell Jul 25, 2015 at 13:49

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