What does Rudolph mean?
Rudolph [rudolph] 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.
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How popular is Rudolph?
Rudolph is a very popular first name for males (#356 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1688 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Rudolph reached its highest rank of #136 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Rudolph ranked in the Top 2000 are Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo (#935 in recent rankings), Rolf, Rollo, Rudolf, Rudolfo and Rudy (#868). Adoption of these relations of Rudolph reached its peak during the years 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.2%) and has become much reduced since, with versions such as Rudolph becoming less in vogue.
Rudolph▼ is pronounced similarly to Rodolf. Other suggested similar names are Addolph, Adolph▼, Bardolph, Botolph, Ralph▼, Randolph▼, Roldolpho, Rudelle (see Rudy) and Udolph. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rudolph.See names in meaning and etymology.