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 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)
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 Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Rudolph ranked in the Top 1000 are Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo (#945 in 2014), Rolf, Rollo, Rudolf and Rudy (#866). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.2614%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0236%, down 91%), with the versions Rodolfo, Rudolf, Rudolph and Rudy becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Rudolph and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)