Meaning & History
From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant "noble wolf" from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and wulf. It was borne by several Swedish kings as a first or second name, most notably by Gustav II Adolf in the 17th century. Association with Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), the leader of the Nazi party in Germany during World War II, has lessened the use of this name.
Other Languages & CulturesAdolph, Dolph(English) Aadolf, Aatto, Aatu, Atte(Finnish) Adolphe(French) Adde, Ade, Aike, Ale, Alke, Alle, Atse(Frisian) Adolfo(Italian) Dölf, Dulf(Limburgish) Adolfo, Adolfito, Fito(Spanish)
Sources & References
- Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 158