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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.RAN-dahlf
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Meaning & History

From the Germanic elements rand meaning "rim (of a shield)" and wulf meaning "wolf". The Normans brought this name to England, where there existed already an Old Norse cognate Randúlfr, which had been introduced by Scandinavian settlers. Randolf became rare after the Middle Ages, though it was revived in the 18th century (usually in the spelling Randolph).
VariantRandolph
DiminutiveRandy
Other Languages & CulturesRandulf Ancient Germanic Randúlfr Ancient Scandinavian Randel Medieval English Ranulf, Ranulph Scottish
Entry updated December 3, 2014