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What does Rudolf mean?

Rudolf Pronunciation of Rudolf as a name for boys has its root in Old German, and Rudolf means "famous wolf". Rudolf is a version of Rudolph (Old German): name of the red-nosed reindeer.


ASSOCIATED WITH famous, wolf


VARIANTS Rodolphe, Rodolph

OTHER FORMS VIA RUDOLPH Rodolfo, Rolf, Rolfe, Rudey, Rudi, Rudie, Rudolfo, Rudolpho, Rudy




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How popular is Rudolf?

Rudolf is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1166 out of 1220, Top 96%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#20334 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Rudolf reached its top rank of #858 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rudolf name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rudolf outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Rudolf are Rudy (#822 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Rodolfo (#1084), Rolf, Rudolfo and Rudolph. Other variants, like Rudey, are seldom used. These forms of Rudolf reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s (USAGE OF 0.16%) and are now much less common (USAGE 0.03%, 84% LESS), with forms like Rodolfo going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Rudolf is pronounced similarly to Rodolf. Other recommended sound-alike names are Addolf, Adolf, Adollf (see Adolph), Bardolf, Botolf, Dolf, Eyolf, Fridolf, Odolf, Odulf (see Odolf), Radly, Ralf, Randolf, Ranolf, Redly (see Redley), Ridly (see Ridley), Rodel, Rodell, Romolo, Rudd, Rudee, Rudelle (see Rudy), Ruel, Ruford, Rufous, Rydell, Udolf, Wolf, Woolf and Wulf. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rudolf.

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