What does Rudolph mean?
Rudolph /ru-dol-ph/ 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.
(male) Rhydolph, Roddolph, ..
(female) Rudolla, Rudolle, ..
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)
Charted below is the birth name history of Rudolph for boys. 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Rudolph ranked in the Top 2000 are Dolph, Raoul, Rodolfo (#945 in recent rankings), Rolf, Rollo, Rudolf, Rudolfo and Rudy (#866). 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.