Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RAWLF(German) ROLF(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Old German 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.

Related Names

VariantsRudolf(German) Rolph(English)
Other Languages & CulturesHroðulf, Hrothulf(Anglo-Saxon) Rudolf(Armenian) Rudolf(Czech) Roelof, Rudolf, Rodolf, Roel, Ruud(Dutch) Rodolphe, Rodolph(French) Hrodulf, Hrolf(Germanic) Rudolf, Rudi(Hungarian) Rodolfo(Italian) Rūdolfs(Latvian) Roul(Medieval English) Roul(Medieval French) Hrōþiwulfaz(Old Germanic) Hrólfr, Hróðulfr(Old Norse) Rodolfo(Portuguese) Rudolf(Russian) Rudolf(Slovak) Rodolfo, Fito, Rodolfito(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsRuff(English) Ruf, Ruff(German) Rolvsson(Norwegian)


People think this name is

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Name Days

Estonia: March 7
Norway: August 27
Sweden: August 27


Entry updated December 7, 2022