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What does Rolf mean?

Rolf \r(o)-lf\ 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.


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

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Ralph.

Rolf has 14 more alternative forms via Rudolph: Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo, Rodolph, Rodolphe, Rolphe, Rudey, Rudi, Rudie, Rudolf, Rudolfo, Rudolpho, Rudolphus and Rudy.


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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Rolf for boys. Rolf was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #897 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rolf name in U.S.

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

Popular variation forms of Rolf listed in the Top 1000 are Rudy (#866 last year), Rodolfo (#945), Rudolf, Rudolph, Rowland, Ralph, Raoul, Dolph and Rollo. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.326%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0189%, down 94.2%), with versions such as Rodolfo, Rudy, Ralph, Rowland and Rudolf falling out of fashion. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Rolf and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dolph, Ralph, Raoul, Rodolfo, Rolf, Rollo, Rowland, Rudolf, 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 baby names are Dolf and Wolf. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rolf.