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Some nations (France and Norway for example) have otlawed the usage of this name after World War II. In Sweden it is a royal name and therefor hard to omit from calendars. Adolf still has his namesday, but it is only occasionally given as a middle name.
-- Anonymous User  12/17/2005
I cannot say that it is regretable that this name is now a Taboo. Hitler was, of course, evil, and, just like naming a child Satan or Lucifer or Beezlebub (despite these all being stupid names), naming a child Adolf cannot be justified. I personally think that this name has been ruined forever by Hitler and although this may have been originally a normal name, the connotations brought up by this name are just too powerful to be ignored. I would doubt the morality of such a person, who, knowing the bearer of this name, would go on to name their child Adolf. No matter how good a name, the truth is that this name is shared one of the most evil and corrupt men to walk the earth in modern times.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2006
I AGREE! Hitler totally ruined this name! Everytime I think of Adolf, I think of a dude with a little square mustache. Hitler was definitely the evilest man in world history and the meanest ever.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2006
This is a beautiful name. But somebody (Hmm...I wonder. Let's take a guess.) ruined it. It's a shame.
-- Anonymous User  3/15/2006
I heard of the name before I knew of Hitler and his actions, and I didn't think that it was a wonderful name to start with (although "Noble Wolf" sounds like a good title for my dog, but I would consider it animal abuse to give him such a name as this). I think of the names "George" (for Dubya), "Dick" (for Cheney), "Jerry" (Falwell), "Fred" (Phelps), "Phyllis" (Schlafly), "Ann" (Coulter), and "Anita" (Bryant) (among other names) in the same manner as I think of "Adolf": evil and corrupt ("George" conjuring up the image of a bumbling fool who can't take care of a place in line). But I digress. If it wasn't for Hitler, then this name would probably not draw much notice. All I can see when I hear "Adolf" is this tiny little man with a little black moustache, beady eyes, and the nastiest-looking face that one could find.
-- Anonymous User  3/20/2006
I am German so I naturaly love this name but Hitler SCREWED IT UP! I love wolves so I love the name and it means noble wolf that is my username. I picked it because I did not want to be accosiated with, uhhhrg...Hitler.
-- Noble Wolf  4/7/2006
I agree! However, had it not been for Adolf Hitler, I would like the name. Isn't it sad, sometimes, how one or two people can ruin a perfectly good name forever? Everytime I hear this name, I can't help but shudder and think of Hitler.
-- avalah  5/24/2006
There was a Swedish king named Adolf Fredrik (he went by both names). He lived 1710-1771 and became king of Sweden in 1751, due to the influence of the Russian empress Elisabet.
-- Ylva  6/10/2006
Since, like everyone was talking about, Hitler ruined this name, I do like the alternative Adolph! I think it's a nice name. UNLIKE Adolf Hitler, who was the most cruel man ever!
-- ekatz7  7/12/2006
Saying the name Adolf wasn't ruined by Hitler is like saying Hitler was kinda nice. IT ISN'T TRUE! Hitler ruined the name. Forever.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2006
Hey. I bet you guys didn't know this one, Adolf Hitler? Hmm. Haha.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2006
I would not ever want this name because Hitler ruined it!
-- Sarasponda  8/9/2006
I have noticed an error under the name of Adolf Hitler being a facist dictator, he indeed was NOT facist. Mussolini was facist. Between 1933-1945 the Third Reich was a NATIONAL SOCIALIST government.

In no way did Adolf Hitler perverse the historical rememberance of the name. I still believe it is a beautiful name as is the world famous bearer of the man who brought Germany out of ruins after WWI. Even America had him in TIMES magazine for Man of the Year. I plan to name my first born boy Adolf.
-- VictoryCrown  8/19/2006
I am deeply shocked. For the sake of your first born boy I hope you will either change your mind or never have a boy.

No sane parents in Germany would name their child Adolf. However there is no law against it in Germany. Many people don't understand that but there is an explanation: In Germany you are allowed to name your baby any name if you find one person who already bears the name. Decades ago, men have been named Adolf after their godfathers, so finding an old man named Adolf wouldn't be so difficult in Germany. Still I have never met any Adolfs younger than 50.
-- JHK  9/2/2006
Regarding VictoryCrown's comments that Hitler was not a Fascist:
Dictionary: Fascism. noun, Authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing government and social organisation. Extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

Thankfully Germany is now a leading democracy within the EU and should be allowed to put the Fascist Nazi and Hitler years behind it. But we forget what happened in history at our peril. PS: Hitler was Austrian, and like the Italians may need to reflect on their own history a little more. As for the name Adolf, there are plenty of better ones. Winston?
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2006
I agree that Hitler has forever tainted this name with a stain of blood that will never wash away. And I think it's a shame too. I'm not crazy for the name myself, but it was a well-liked, relatively popular name in Germany and other places before our crazy moustached friend came along. What would have happend to worldwide naming trends if he was named something common in the UK and US, like Peter or Erik? Or Hans, which seems to be almost the "default" name in Germany? It's just the luck of the draw that this one particular Adolf turned out to be no good. I don't agree that spelling it with a ph makes it any better, it's still pronounced the same way, and there's Adolph's Meat Tenderizer to think about. :) I actually did meet an Adolf once: when I was sixteen and going through the process to become emancipated, I had to undergo a psychological evaluation, and the counselor who did the evaluation was Adolf Angermeyer. So you can bet I was a little wary of him at first. But he was a totally nice and pleasant man who bore no resemblance to the picture his name conjured up. He didn't even have a German accent. I still wonder about his mother's motivations, though.
-- Starla Roxanne  9/4/2006
Just because ONE WRONG POLITICIAN bore this name does not mean every boy with this name will turn out to be an evil dictator. I mean come on - don't let one man put you off a PERFECTLY good name. It's like saying "come on world, let's not name our children George or Tony, because look what they've done to this place".
-- Anonymous User  12/8/2006
I guess I'm going against the majority here by saying that I absolutely love the name Adolf. Hitler was a horrible, twisted person - I still love the name and would like to see it used more often.
-- ThaliaRose  1/27/2007
This is a horrible name anyway, never mind the whole 'ruined by Hitler' thing. Does it not make you think of 'Rudolph'? It always has to me.
-- Surreal  2/13/2007
Yes I do agree that Adolf would be a nice name but unfortunately if you do choose to name your child this people will immediately think that you or he is a Nazi. People just think that way. If I were to make a stand for the name I would do it through myself and not force that name upon my child; that is something they would have to do for themselves if they so choose. The name will probably regain popularity in a hundred years or so, so it isn't entirely dead.
-- nerder5000  2/19/2007
This name sounds so strong and sexy, if you try not to think of Hitler, but yeah; strong, sexy.
-- Jesus_Freak  4/6/2007
As infamous as Adolf Hitler was and is, he still is not the first person I think of when I hear this name. Who I think of is my great uncle, who was a very good man and a polar opposite of the evil man the whole rest of the world associates this name with.

It's sad that people will continue to allow a mere name to have such power over them. But I guess that's life.
-- Topaz Kitsune  5/18/2007
Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Famous bearers of the name Adolf are:
Painter and graphic artist Adolf Born, born 12th June 1930, České Velenice, Czechoslovakia.
Writer Adolf Branald, born 4th October 1910, Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.
-- Janika  7/15/2007
I, personally, am not bothered by the whole "ruined by Hitler" thing. I think this is a good name, however I prefer Adolph, and also, I'd use it as a middle name only if I did use it because of people and kids teasing him and giving him hell for his name.
-- spaz123  8/28/2007
I like the name, but I guess Mr. H ruined it for all of us.
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2007
Adolf Sax - the man who invented the saxophone. Too someone ruined it because it was also the name of an inventor whose instrument I play!
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2007
I do not know how anyone could want to name their baby Adolf after what happened during the Holocaust, unless of course they were a neo Nazi, that is really the only reason that makes sense to me. You name children after people you respect, who on earth respects Hitler in the right mind?
-- ocean eyes  1/29/2008
Obviously, when one says Adolf, the image of Adolf Hitler comes to mind most often. The meaning is beautiful, however, and I will not be bothered by the fact that a lunatic was so named. My grandfather carried the name Adolphus, and he and his wife hid that fact from the world after Hitler's rein. When I learned that such a grand name stood ground in my family's history, I proudly proclaimed it to the world, boasting of the honor in its meaning. I refuse to let Hitler ruin such a wonderful thing for me; that is the last thing I want to do: to give Hitler another victory, even in his death.
-- kaistuck  2/21/2008
The meaning of this name is good, but Hilter COMPLETELY ruined it for me.
-- aquaspirit96  3/13/2008
Even IF Hitler hadn't ruined this name, it still sounds stupid.
-- sweetkit  3/25/2008
The middle name of Homer Aldoph Plessy, from the US historical case Plessy vs. Ferugson. Also the first name of the person who invented Adidas.
-- dreamflower  5/26/2008
I think this is a really cool name, but the Hitler association is too strong. It makes you wonder though, if Hitler had not done what he did, this name may have ended up really popular.
-- Joan-Ay  6/25/2008
I don't like the name Adolf. First off, it just doesn't sound good. Secondly, it never fails to remind me of our little Nazi friend sent straight from H-E-double hockey sticks.
Seriously, all you people who want to name your kid Adolf to disprove (or whatever) this name: DON'T! You are only sentencing that child to a lifetime of mockery and abuse. Amen.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2008
I don't see why everyone thinks this is name is all but taboo now. Yes, there was a bad man who bore this name, but there have been numerous other bad men with names still in common usage. Take for example, Joseph Stalin, he did a lot of bad things, but Joseph is still one of the most common male names today.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2008
Who names their son this anymore? It's not only cruel because of Hitler, but it's also very ugly! Thankfully some nations have struck this from their name day calendars. There are plenty of beautiful lesser-used names on the calendars, but Adolf is one that I would avoid using on anything.
-- bananarama  8/8/2008
Why must nearly everyone dwell on this one little event? Just because one man who bore this name became an ruthless dictator, you all suddenly call it abuse to name a child this. It's almost sad, that you must all dwell on the past in such a way. Any person who picks on a child with this name, would probably be a shallow creature in the first place, that does not think before acting. Just because someone who did something horrible, had that name, does not mean that this child will be the same, or that his/her parents intended them to be. You don't look at people with the name "Joseph", and then start heckling him, just because he had the same name as Stalin.
It is a beautiful name, it's just a pity that everyone is just too ignorant to see it.
-- BlackMartian923  9/20/2008
Your comparison is absurd. The holocaust was no "little event." What's more, Joseph is a common name. If Adolf had been so widely used, it would not stick in people's minds as Hitler's first name. If he had been Bob Hitler, people would have continued naming children that. If Stalin had been Sneed Stalin, nobody would name their child that. Because of the association.

I think the name has an ugly sound to it, like Rudolph.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  11/23/2008
Adolf Hitler. Need I say more?
-- CutieCupcake  10/12/2008
Adolf Hitler Campbell is a child from New Jersey. He hasn't done anything to make himself particularly famous, except for having a singularly unfortunate name and having a father (a Holocaust denier, naturally) who requested his name be iced onto a birthday cake at the supermarket. That news has been reported the world over. Hopefully little Adolf will distinguish himself in better ways than his namesake.
-- marauder34  12/30/2008
It really scares me that someone would name their child Adolf Hitler after what he has done. The name alone may be sort of nice, and its origins are completely innocent. But honestly, let's be realistic. People, especially children, don't care about its origins. As soon as they learn his name, they automatically associate it with Adolf Hitler, the murderer of millions. Imagine the child's shock when he first learns that he has the same name as a terrorist!
My point is, even if the name in itself is nice, you have to realize that people can be very shallow and insensitive when it comes to these things.
-- Quincy  2/19/2009
I don't see how Hitler would "ruin" the name. Joseph is still a commonly used name, and Stalin was just as bad as Hitler.
-- Anonymous User  4/15/2009
Famous Wehrmacht Luftwaffe flying ace General Adolf Galland bore this name.
-- Tiger59  4/29/2009
That's a hot, sexy name. =p~
-- Golde  5/24/2009
Name by itself is nice, but Hitler ruined it.
-- enchy  8/10/2009
I love the meaning of this name, but the sound of the name itself is a little ordinary for my taste. I don't really care how it's spelled, though. Adolf and Adolph are interchangeable as far as I'm concerned.

As for its association with Hitler, I say we don't give that anti-theistic nutcase the satisfaction of ruining a perfectly good name. Even during the Holocaust there were Orthodox Jews who refused to let their surname, Hitler, be forever ruined just because they shared it with some egotistical maniac who likely wasn't even related to them by blood anyway. They retained their surname through the course of the war.* If the Jews of all people believe that the name Hitler can be redeemed, then the name Adolf certainly can be as well.

*"The Pastor's Wife," by Sabina Wurmbrand. Sabina had some cousins who raised a few eyebrows among the Soviets because of their last name. It took some fast talking to convince the Soviets that they were far from the relatives or supporters of Adolf Hitler that their surname might otherwise imply.
-- Atarah Derek  11/7/2009
P.S. Whoever said Hitler was anti-theistic is wrong. Hitler was Roman Catholic.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2010
I think it would be a good name for a Jewish child, because it would be an attempt to take over the name of a dictator and make it their own.
-- angolmois  12/10/2009
I don't think this is an attractive name - it sounds like a cross between "a dolt" and "doofus".

However, I also think it would be stupid to not use the name (if you liked it) because of something that happened a long time ago. It's really just giving more power to the memory of Adolf Hitler, that we're still too frightened to use his name. (I mean, what is he, Voldemort?)

I also know someone called Adolf, and the name hasn't been a problem for him at all, so it's just not true that being called Adolf will somehow "ruin" a child's life or reputation.
-- SandSea  1/28/2010
I think it's a lovely name. Shame it's probably ruined forever.
-- Liesl  2/11/2010
Great meaning! Too bad it had to be ruined by, well, you know.
-- Chrila96  8/6/2010
I agree with the sane people here. That is, the people who like the name Adolf and ignore the fact one politician who is not well liked bore this name.

The stereotyping is HILARIOUS though. XD People who think naming someone Adolf means you idolize Hitler is hilarious. If I name my kid Joseph, does that mean I idolize Stalin? Didn't think so.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2010
Adolf Eichmann was a German Nazi, known as the "architect of the Holocaust". He was in charge of the deportation of Jews during the war.
-- bathos  10/11/2010
To the user who said so, Adolf Hitler is MUCH badder than Stalin. Hitler killed SIX MILLION Jews. One of his goals was to make everyone perfect, so he had people measured (nose length, distance between eyes, etc.) and if it didn't fit a standard they where cut (and whatever else was done) to shape them into the standard. If a baby had a birth defect, they probably would have been killed. Some children were sterilized. Nazis advertised that Jews were evil. Jewish businesses were vandilized. Jews had to hide to keep from being crammed into trucks and sent to consentration camps. They would be worked, without food or showers. They would be gassed, burned, or chemical showered to death. All because of Adolf Hitler. Anyone who says the Holocaust is a "little event" or that Adolf Hitler is only as bad as Stalin is very, very wrong. I know you wish it couldn't be ruined by such an evil man, but it was, and there's not a single thin you can do about it. If you give your child this name, not only will he be bullied as a child, but think of adulthood! Who wants to marry a man named Adolf? Who wants to hire a man who shares a name with someone so evil and horrible? He will most likely have to live at home with mommy until he's 40, unemployed and single.
-- C-Ticket  7/26/2011
Personally, even taking away Hitler from one's impression of the name, I don't like the sound of it.

That said, I actually had a class with a boy named Adolf last year. He was a really nice guy studying for something like sports medicine. I admit to wondering if I had heard the teacher wrong when she first said it, but you get over it quick. Obviously we didn't look at him suspiciously as though he was about to start spewing Nazi propaganda. So if you really love this name and want to use it, rest assured, a normal guy who is confident and nice can result.
-- B22  10/4/2011
I wouldn't name my child this. Maybe in a century or two, when World War 2 becomes pure history, it will be more or less okay to use again, but not yet.
For those that are saying that deeming this name as evil is like saying not to name children after other corrupted people and politicians, I think one or two people mentioned Joseph Stalin and George Bush. I think it's mostly because Joseph and George have had several famous bearers that result in people being comfortable with using the names even today. For example, the name George has had George Washington (and George Washington Carver), George Sands, many monarchs throughout history, George Lopez... you get the idea. Joseph has also had many bearers, predominantly Biblical figures (the son of Jacob and Jesus's earthly father, to name two).
Adolf, on the other hand... I really can't think of any famous Adolf apart from Adolf Hitler. Perhaps this is biased due to the fact that there is still much bitterness (and there likely will be forever) and his name is just overshadowing others, but that's how it stands.
-- Anonymous User  12/22/2011
Adolf was the son of King Frederik I of Denmark and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  6/13/2012
Adolf (1292-1294) was the son of the German King Adolf of Nassau and his wife Imagina of Isenburg-Limburg.
-- CarolinW  6/17/2012
Adolf (1571-1572) was the son of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and his wife Anna of Denmark.
-- CarolinW  6/21/2012
I LOVE this name, but I probably wouldn't use it because of Hitler. No offense if this is your name, and if it is, I truly do love it. I wish that Adolf Hitler's parents had named him something else so that more people could have this amazing name.
-- StarMoon  12/29/2012
Adolf is a horrible name. I feel sorry for all the Adolfs because we all know who ruined it. If you named a child Adolf, they will get teased and left out by the Jewish kids they meet. They may think your child is mean... WHEN THEY MIGHT NOT BE! Let's hope there will be no more people following the original Adolfs example!
-- Melys11  1/11/2013
I'm pretty sure Stalin spelled his name Josef, and the name Joseph is way too common to be associated with just one person, and most schoolchildren, and probably some of their parents, have never even heard of Stalin. So no, naming your child Adolf is not equivalent to naming him Joseph.
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2013
I'd feel bad for anyone with this name. No one wants to share a name with Hitler, I'm sure.
-- Buneary  3/5/2013
You'd have to be crazy to name your kid this. It would remind people of Hitler, his little mustache, and his mental illness.
-- Lolth  4/28/2013
I am German and I really love this name! It is a beautiful boy's name! But however, I wouldn't name my child this because Adolf Hitler ruined it, which is quite a shame.
-- MeinNameIstMelissa  4/29/2013
Meh, I prefer Rudolf. Rudolf is far more interesting than the bland Adolf.

The heated debates in this comment section is killing me!
-- Tiger Lilly  6/23/2013
Adolf Topić is a famous Croatian musician. Named after Adolf Hitler. Seriously! :o
-- Iznogud  7/23/2013
Most of people who have posted their opinions of this name, Adolf, were born in the 90s, which explains the general predictability, ignorance and immaturity of the comments.

Adolf is a fine name.

Someone cannot "ruin" a name. The name is independent of the actions performed by those who bore it. A name can only be [stupidly] ASSOCIATED with those actions and it is the choice of the individual whether he/she wants to make that association. It is those who make this association that are holding back the progress of human reasoning, and they should please grow up.

To all the Germans who post things like "I like the name, but Hitler ruined it, argghh.." etc.: Because you lost the war you were forced by the Allies into this self-hating mindset. You don't have to be so politically correct. Adolf can be tolerated from a different angle, e.g. for wanting to make you big, vast, powerful and eternally materially and culturally prosperous, just like what the English kings did for the Anglophone people throughout centuries of incessant warfare. You never hear them being ashamed of names like "George; Richard; Winston" etc.; it's because they won, ruled the world, wrote history, control all media and thus they don't have anyone sitting on their heads today. I understand the sensitivity about what happened to the Jews, but understand, Hitler's name could have been anything - Tom, Dick or even Harry. The point is, the name should not be condemned - this is primitive thinking.

Avoid the name if you live in a Jewish area or in the USA. Adolf is still to ingrained in the US's cultural heritage as a main enemy, even though his status as such is debated by historians. If you and your spouse are "large" and you will be having a 7 feet tall son, then go ahead and call him Adolf - no one will be able to touch him - on the contrary, it might even make him quite popular.

If you live in places like South Africa, Scandinavia, South America, Asia, people will in general be completely neutral to the name.

Anyway, Adolf is a nice name. A bit archaic though, like Edgar, Charles and Reginald, but still nice if you like retro, archaic names.
-- queer boy  7/23/2013
I'd like to see Adolf come back into mainstream usage. It's a nice name and it shouldn't be forever tainted because of one person.
-- GoodNightingale  9/15/2013
Actually it is sad that this name is a taboo now. There were so many people bearing this name before Hitler. Even a Jewish politician in France, Adolf Cremie.
-- Yanivoskar  4/9/2014

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