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What does Randolph mean?

Randolph Pronunciation of Randolph [ran-dolph] 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.

Associated with: wolf, shield (defender).


Randolph has 7 variants: Randal, Randall, Randell, Randolf, Randy, Ranolf and Ranulfo.

Affiliated boy names: Rand, Randi and Ransom.

5 more alternative forms via Randall: Randale, Randel, Randl, Randle and Randon.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Randolph Charlie (R.C.), ..

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. Demographics)

Randolph reached its top rank of #180 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Randolph are Rand, Randal, Randall (#1035 from current records), Randel, Randell, Randi, Randle, Randolf, Randon, Randy (#570) and Ransom (#1571). Other forms, like Randale, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Randolph was at its peak during the years 1950-1959 (average #787) and is now significantly diminished (#1764, 96%), with versions such as Randall becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Randolph, Rand, Randal, Randall, Randel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Randell, Randi, Randle, Randolf, Randon in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Randy, Ransom in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Addolph, Adolph, Bardolph, Bardulph (see Bardolf), Botolph, Dolph, Radlea (see Radley), Radlee, Radley, Radly, Rainhold, Ralph, Ranald, Rancel, Rancell, Randey, Randie, Ranell, Ransley, Ransly (see Ransley), Ransome, Raydon, Rendall, Rendell, Rodolf, Rodolfo, Rodolph, Rodolphe (see Rodolfo), Roldolpho, Rolph, Rolphe, Rondale, Rudolf, Rudolfo (see Rudolph), Rudolph, Rudolpho, Rudolphus and Udolph. These names tend to be less commonly used than Randolph.

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