Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. RAN-dawlf
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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).

Related Names

VariantsRandolph, Ranulph
DiminutiveRandy
Other Languages & CulturesRandulf(Ancient Germanic) Ranulf, Randel(Medieval English) Randúlfr(Old Norse)

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Estonia: October 4

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Entry updated January 22, 2019