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Rudi (boy)

What does Rudi mean?

Rudi Pronunciation of Rudi [ru-di] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Rudi) is of Old German derivation, and the name Rudi means "famous wolf". Rudi is a variant form of Rudolph (Old German): name of the red-nosed reindeer. Rudi is also a variant of Rudy.

Associated with: famous, wolf.


Rudi has 3 variants: Rudee, Rudey and Rudie.

2 more relations via Rudolph, Rudy: Rolf and Rudolf.

Creative forms:
(male) Ridi, Ruri, ..

(female) Ruda, Ruri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rudi Cristobal (R.C.), ..

How popular is Rudi?

Rudi is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#58849 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Rudi (unlisted) are Rudy (#868 from current records), Rudolph, Rudolf and Rolf. Usage of these relations of Rudi was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 (median #690) and has become significantly less since. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rolf, Rudolf, Rudolph, Rudy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rudi is pronounced similarly to Roddie, Roddy, Rodeo and Rowdy. Other suggested similar names are Aadi, Abdi, Adi, Fadi, Gadi, Gidi, Hadi, Jodi, Kodi, Rabi, Rad, Radd, Rafi, Rai, Rami, Randi, Ravi, Redd, Rei, Remi, Riki, Robi, Rod, Rodd, Roi, Rube, Rubi, Rubin, Rubio, Ruby, Rudd, Ruel, Rune, Rurik, Rush, Russ, Ruy, Tadi and Udi. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rudi.

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