What does Rudolph mean?
Rudolph \r(u)-dol-ph, rud(o)-lph\ as a boys' name is pronounced ROO-dolf. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rudolph is "famous wolf". Name of the red-nosed reindeer. Actor Rudolph Valentino; ballet celebrity Nureyev.
Rudolph has 1 feminine form: Rudelle.
Rudolph is a very popular first name for males (#356 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1483 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Rudolph for boys. Rudolph reached its highest rank of #129 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Rudolph and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Rudolph are Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo (#945 in 2014), Rolf, Rollo, Rudolf and Rudy (#866). Adoption of this boy name reached its peak during 1950-1959 and has become much lower since, with the versions Rodolfo, Rudolf, Rudolph and Rudy becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)