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What does Randolf mean?

Randolf Pronunciation of Randolf [ran-dolf] as a name for boys has its root in Old German, and the name Randolf means "wolf shield". Randolf is an alternate form of Randolph (Old German): from the same root as Randall.

Associated with: wolf, shield (defender).


6 related forms via Randolph: Randal, Randall, Randell, Randy, Ranolf and Ranulfo.

Creative forms:
(male) Raddolf, Rendolf, ..


Middle name pairings:
Randolf Hector (R.H.), ..

How popular is Randolf?

Randolf is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#51233 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Randolf was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #1152 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Randolf name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Randolf outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Randolf listed in the Top 2000 are Randy (#570 from recent data), Randall (#1035), Randolph, Randell and Randal. Usage of these forms of Randolf was common 7 decades ago (median #352) and is now much diminished, with versions like Randall falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Randolf, Randal, Randall, Randell, Randolph, Randy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Randolf and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Addolf, Adolf, Bardolf, Bardulf, Fridolf, Odolf, Radly, Rainhold, Ralf, Ranald, Rancel, Rancell, Rand, Randale, Randel, Randey, Randi, Randie, Randl (see Randall), Randle, Randon, Ranell, Ransly (see Ransley), Ransom, Ransome, Raydon, Rendall, Rendell, Rodolf, Rodolfo, Rolf, Rondale, Rudolf, Rudolfo (see Rudolph) and Udolf. These names tend to be more commonly used than Randolf.

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