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PronouncedPron.RAWLF German

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Hrolf (or its Old Norse cognate Hrólfr), a contracted form of Hrodulf (see RUDOLF). The Normans introduced this name to England but it soon became rare. In the modern era it has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world as a German import.
VariantsRudolf German Rudolf Swedish Rudolf Norwegian Rudolf Danish Rolph English
DiminutiveRoffe Swedish
Other Languages & CulturesHrodulf, Hrolf Ancient Germanic Hrólfr, Hróðólfr Ancient Scandinavian Hroðulf, Hrothulf Anglo-Saxon Rudolf Armenian Rudolf Croatian Rudolf Czech Roelof, Rudolf, Rodolf, Roel, Ruud Dutch Rodolphe, Rodolph French Rudolf, Rudi Hungarian Rodolfo Italian Roul Medieval English Roul Medieval French Rudolf Polish Rodolfo Portuguese Rudolf Russian Rudolf Slovene Rodolfo, Fito, Rodolfito Spanish


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Entry updated January 25, 2013   Contribute