PRONOUNCED: AH-dawlf (German) [key]
Meaning & History
From the Germanic
, 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.
DIMINUTIVES: Alf (Swedish), Alf (Norwegian), Alf (Danish)
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