Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. ROO-dahlf
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Meaning & History

English form of Rudolf, imported from Germany in the 19th century. Robert L. May used it in 1939 for his Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Related Names

VariantRodolph
DiminutiveRudy
Other Languages & CulturesHrodulf, Hrolf(Ancient Germanic) Hroðulf, Hrothulf(Anglo-Saxon) Rudolf(Armenian) Rudolf(Czech) Rolf(Danish) Roelof, Rudolf, Rodolf, Roel, Ruud(Dutch) Rodolphe, Rodolph(French) Rolf, Rudolf, Rodolf, Rudi(German) Ruedi(German (Swiss)) Rudolf, Rudi(Hungarian) Rodolfo(Italian) Rūdolfs(Latvian) Roul(Medieval English) Roul(Medieval French) Rolf(Norwegian) Hrólfr, Hróðólfr(Old Norse) Rodolfo(Portuguese) Rudolf(Russian) Rudolf(Slovak) Rodolfo, Fito, Rodolfito(Spanish) Rolf(Swedish)

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Name Days

Denmark: December 9

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Entry updated November 18, 2011