PRONOUNCED: AH-dawlf (German), AH:-dawlf (Dutch) [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: Ade (Dutch), Alf (Swedish), Alf (Norwegian), Alf (Danish) OTHER LANGUAGES: Adolph, Dolph (English), Aadolf, Aatto, Aatu (Finnish), Adolphe (French), Adde, Ade (Frisian), Adolfo (Italian), Dölf, Dulf (Limburgish), Adolfo, Adolfito, Fito (Spanish)
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