Given Name ADOLF

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: A-dawlf (German), A:-dawlf (Dutch), AW-dolf (Hungarian)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant "noble wolf" from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and wulf. It was borne by several Swedish kings as a first or second name, most notably by Gustav II Adolf in the 17th century. Association with Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), the leader of the Nazi party in Germany during World War II, has lessened the use of this name.
VARIANTS: Adalwolf, Adolphus (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVES: Adi (German), Alf (Swedish), Alf (Norwegian), Alf (Danish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Adolph, Dolph (English), Aadolf, Aatto, Aatu, Atte (Finnish), Adolphe (French), Adde, Ade, Aike, Ale, Alke, Alle, Atse (Frisian), Adolfo (Italian), Dölf, Dulf (Limburgish), Adolfo, Adolfito, Fito (Spanish)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 158


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Entry updated August 16, 2017