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What does Rolf mean?

Rolf Pronunciation of Rolf [rolf] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rolf is "famous wolf". Variant of Rudolph. Used occasionally in Scandinavian countries.

Associated with: famous, wolf, scandinavian.


Rolf has 5 variants: Rolfe, Rolle, Rollo, Rolph and Rowland.

Related boy name: Ralph.

8 more alternative forms via Rudolph: Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo, Rolphe, Rudi, Rudolf, Rudolfo and Rudy.

Creative forms:
(male) Dollf, Rholf, ..

(female) Rolfi, Roro, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rolf Damien (R.D.), ..

How popular is Rolf?

Rolf is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1167 out of 1220, Top 96%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#12022 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rolf was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak rank of #912 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Rolf listed in the Top 2000 are Rudy (#868 last year), Rodolfo (#935), Ralph (#1075), Rudolfo, Rudolph, Rudolf, Rollo, Raoul, Dolph and Rowland. Adoption of these relations of Rolf was widespread among parents during the years 1910-1919 (adoption of 0.9%) and is now significantly diminished, with versions such as Rudy falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rolf, Dolph, Ralph, Raoul, Rodolfo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rollo, Rowland, Rudolf, Rudolfo, Rudolph, Rudy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rolf is alike in pronunciation to Ralf. Other suggested similar names are Adolf, Alf, Dolf, Eyolf, Odolf, Raff, Ranolf, Roald, Roan, Rob, Robb, Robi, Roch, Rock, Rod, Rodd, Rodolf, Roe, Rog, Roi, Roley, Rolly, Rome, Ron, Ronn, Rory, Ross, Roth, Roul, Row, Rowe, Rowl, Rowly, Roy, Royle, Udolf, Ulf, Wolf, Woolf and Wulf. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rolf.

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