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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RAWLF(German)
ROLF(English)
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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) Rolph(English)
DiminutiveRoffe(Swedish)
Other Languages & CulturesHrodulf, Hrolf(Ancient Germanic) Hrólfr, Hróðólfr(Ancient Scandinavian) Hroðulf, Hrothulf(Anglo-Saxon) Rudolf(Armenian) Rudolf(Czech) Roelof, Rudolf, Rodolf, Roel, Ruud(Dutch) Rodolphe, Rodolph(French) Rudolf, Rudi(Hungarian) Rodolfo(Italian) Rūdolfs(Latvian) Roul(Medieval English) Roul(Medieval French) Rodolfo(Portuguese) Rudolf(Russian) Rudolf(Slovak) Rodolfo, Fito, Rodolfito(Spanish)
Surname DescendantRolvsson(Norwegian)

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