What does Randolph mean?
Randolph /ran-dol-ph/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced RAN-dolf. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Randolph is "wolf shield". From the same root as Randall. English politician Lord Randolph Churchill.
How popular is Randolph?
Randolph is a very prominent first name for males (#366 out of 1220, Top 30%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#792 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Randolph for boys. Randolph reached its top rank of #197 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Randolph and associated names. Popular varying forms of Randolph are Rand, Randal, Randall (#908 the previous year), Randel, Randell, Randle, Randy (#511) and Ransom. Forms like Randon are uncommon. Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4884%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0646%, down 86.8%), with the versions Randal, Randall, Randell, Randolph and Ransom falling out of style. Randy (#511) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)