Gender Masculine
Scripts Рудольф(Russian) Ռուդոլֆ(Armenian)
Pronounced Pron. ROO-dawlf(German, Slovak) ROO-dolf(Czech, Hungarian) RUY-dawlf(Dutch)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hruod meaning "fame" and wolf meaning "wolf". It was borne by three kings of Burgundy and a king of West Francia, as well as several Habsburg rulers of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. Anthony Hope used this name for the hero in his popular novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894).

Related Names

VariantsRolf, Rodolf(German) Roelof, Rodolf(Dutch)
DiminutivesRudi(German) Ruedi(German (Swiss)) Rudi(Hungarian) Roel, Ruud(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesHroðulf, Hrothulf(Anglo-Saxon) Rolf(Danish) Rolf, Rollo, Rudolph, Rodolph, Rolph, Rudy(English) Rodolphe, Rodolph(French) Hrodulf, Hrolf(Germanic) Rodolfo(Italian) Rūdolfs(Latvian) Roul(Medieval English) Roul(Medieval French) Rolf(Norwegian) Hrōþiwulfaz(Old Germanic) Hrólfr, Hróðulfr(Old Norse) Rodolfo(Portuguese) Rodolfo, Fito, Rodolfito(Spanish) Rolf, Roffe(Swedish)
User SubmissionsRúdólf, Rudólf


People think this name is

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Name Days

Austria: November 6
Czechia: April 17
Estonia: March 7
Hungary: April 17
Norway: March 27
Poland: April 17
Poland: June 21
Poland: July 27
Slovakia: April 17
Sweden: March 27


Statue of Rudolf I of GermanyStatue of Rudolf I of Germany ©


Entry updated December 7, 2022