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This was Hitler's name, so who would want to be called Adolph anyway? I don't think it's very good.
-- pussycat doll  1/1/2007
Adding an "h" to the end of the name does not erase the association of it with one of the most evil men in history. Any "Adolf" variation will invariably bring to mind the surname "Hitler" immidietly following--and it's going to stay that way for a long, long time. So unless you want people wondering about your child's association with the KKK or neo-Nazis, you should probably stay away from this name for at least the next hundred years.
-- Irish Pearl  1/19/2007
You're refusing to forget him so his evil lasts forever. Nobody is going to connect a young boy with Hitler. Get over it. Hitler was a psychotic yet intelligent man and had he lived today the guy would be in an institution being looked after. There were plenty of bad guys in history, but it's time to move on. If an evil ruler was called Mary then you wouldn't say "everybody stop! No more Mary's!" would you? NO! So stop being ignorant. It's just a name, the poor kid won't be a dictator nor will half his school friends even know who Hitler is until they are a lot older.
-- Anonymous User  2/8/2007
I apologize if I sounded narrow-minded (and I'll admit that reading over what I wrote, I definitely did) but just to clarify, I didn't suggest that the child with this name would inevitably become an evil dictator, what I meant was that hearing the name "Adolph" (which has the exact same pronunciation as "Adolf") will, at least in my own experience, bring to mind immedietly the surname "Hitler", as he IS undoubtedly the most famous bearer. The last comment, despite my typing, I actually didn't mean to write "your child's", I meant to just type "your"--although either way that comment was too far on my part.

However, in response to the anonymous commenter, no--I don't believe the evils of Hitler SHOULD be forgotten, nor should the Holocaust or WWII. If there ever is a generation that forgets that genocide, that would be a very sad thing indeed, because once you forget history, you'll most likely repeat its mistakes. Yes, the connection to the first name probably should not be so immediate sixty years after his death (although his victims which are estimated to have been 5-6 million Jews alone, in addition to 3 million others during the Holocaust will hopefully not be forgotten), and as time goes by hopefully the power of his legacy and the Antisemitism he influenced will lessen. If there ever was an evil dictator named Mary, I wouldn't think that Mary would be the most popular name of choice immediately following her death, the decades following I'm not so sure, but surely if she was as evil as Hitler that would make her the most famous bearer for a while, as is the case with Adolf.

As for the two other famous bearers, I hadn't heard of them, and I again, apologize for my mistyping of suspecting a person's personality based on their name, I had meant the association with the parents (I've been in this "name does not decide the future of the child" argument with others before and am extremely embarrassed that the mistype has made me at the opposite end this time), although either way the comment was wrong of me to make, and I take it back. It was stupid of me to say, and not how I genuinely feel (at the time, although I won't go into detail, I had been in an argument with somebody else who was extremely ignorant and that probably affected my biased mindset at the time).

So, in short, I apologize for my foolish typo, I retract the statement I originally meant to type for its ignorance and bias at the time, but I do maintain that this name would not be at the top of my list for a child's name, though I do concede it is not as controversial a spelling as "Adolf".
-- Irish Pearl  2/24/2007
This name is actually not nearly as stigmatized as Adolf. Adolph Rupp (famous to fans of University of Kentucky basketball, Rupp Arena is named for him) and Adolph Coors (beer brewers) are two very famous examples, both Americans who apparently lived without being accused of being Nazis.
-- JasonR  2/11/2007
The Hitler connection notwithstanding (though the 'ph' separates it very much from him I think), it's just not a very attractive name in my opinion. If Hitler had a name I liked, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. There have undoubtedly been thousands of Adolfs and Adolphs in the history of the world. Besides, plenty of people would name their son Joseph, even though Stalin was almost as evil as Hitler when you study the details.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
I'd like to use it as a middle name.
-- spaz123  8/28/2007
Count me in as one of those who think this name should have died with Hitler. If you used this name today, people woulkd assume you're some type of white supremacist loonie, and you'd have to give some rather long explanations to people as to why you picked the name, especially to Jews, and they would hardly be impressed if you said, ''Well, I love the sound of it, and why should Hitler ruin it? People still use Joseph despite Stalin''. How many famous men named Adolph can you think of upon hearing the name? Besides, the name is very old-fashioned, and not all that pleasant-sounding.
-- slight night shiver  5/14/2008
I must agree with VictoryCrown in that Hitler was, in all technicalities, not a fascist ruler (Mussolini was, however). The Third Reich was, as stated, a socialist form of government. Hitler did not necessarily rule this way, however. Because he was so nationalistic, his attempts at glorifying that German "Aryan" race far outweighed the benefits of socialism. But I couldn't EVER use the name Adolf! He was among the most evil men in history (right up there with Stalin and Pol Pot), and therefore this name is entirely dead to me. Anybody who believes that young children won't be bothered by this name is wrong indeed. I knew who Hitler was and that he had killed millions of people when I was about 6 years old. I didn't understand the concept of the Holocaust until I was about 8 or 9, but believe me, I knew that Hitler was a horrible man from a very young age.
-- aileenbean  7/3/2008
Just because you slap the word "socialist" onto something does not make it socialist. The Nazi party was fascistic in it's practices. Can you give me a better definition for a fascist government?
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  7/18/2009
It's a lot better with this spelling, and I honestly think this name is beautiful, it's just ruined because Hitler had the name. I think it was unlucky that this name was not popular enough to rise above the hate of Hitler. We don't stop using the name "Joseph" because of what Stalin did.

To name my child Adolph would cause great misfortune, but I wouldn't mind giving an inanimate object or a character this name. I think it also makes it better to hyphenate it with something else, ie: "Dierk-Adolphe".
-- namine_fatale  2/13/2009
I wonder who ruined this name for a good century or two? Three guesses.
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2009
Harpo Marx's original first name was Adolph. He changed it to Arthur, but long before Hitler came along.
-- Kosta  11/9/2009
Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright.
-- Kosta  11/9/2009
Why should one rotten apple kill a name? What about Adolph Green and Adolph/Arthur "Harpo" Marx (both of whom were Jewish, incidentally)? If Hitler's name had been something more common, like Paul or Richard, would anyone suggest that it be avoided ever afterwards?
-- Kosta  11/9/2009
Bolshevik politician Adolph Joffe was a famous bearer of this name.
-- chickpeagreen  12/22/2009
Despite its history, I quite enjoy this name! It sounds strong and masculine.
-- ClassicalNames  12/13/2010

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