Gender: Male Meaning of Adolf: "noble wolf" Origin of Adolf: German

Adolf Origin and Meaning

The name Adolf is a boy's name of Danish origin meaning "noble wolf".

Adolf may have been a Swedish royal name but the terrible dictatorship of Adolf Hitler has ruled out this name Adolf for any sensible parent. In the US last year, there were more than 100 boys' given the Spanish variation Adolfo and a handful given the old school Adolphus, but none named Adolf or Adolph....thank goodness.

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shells15 Says:


I get it, I do. The most well known Adolf may have destroyed the name for many.

But, as always, there is another perspective to consider. Like many other families, Adolf/Adolph is a family name through one side of my family. Would I ever use it? No. Then again, I never liked the name anyway. But it is a family name for some families that goes back generations before Adolf Hitler ever came about. Are these families supposed to deny those in their family tree with better morals and ethics than one (horrific) man with the same name?

And no, I am not trying to understate the impact he had on the world. I do, however, want to point out how it undercuts family history and the multitude of other (greater) people who held the name with the lack of consideration given by only thinking of the single, worst person with said name whenever it comes up. It is one of many "ruined" names due to one person, but it is also a name with personal importance to many people who have had to deny the name in the past due to the thoughts and beliefs of society.

For example, though I won't be using Adolf/Adolph, my Papa was named Donald. As with many people with a relative who shares a name with someone like Adolf Hitler or Donald Trump, am I supposed to not honor him with Donald because, in the world's eyes, most people associate the name with the US President these days?

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


No way in HELL!

Emma J Says:



Emma J Says:


I don't think anyone would call their kid that nowadays.

Yasmin Andries Says:


Cain is not a real person

Renee5322 Says:


That's gonna be a no from me dawg

pointless Says:


I have a very long German family history that I’ve been looking into reciently, and with every relative I found with the name Adolf, I felt my whole body cringe. I do believe in some alternate time line this name would be very usable, but to name a son this would be a great disfortune to him. Might even have been usable is there were more associations with it, but atleast for now it is far too jaded by history

Bassilly Says:


Eh, I don't know. You don't see many people naming their baby Cain, do ya...?

Miriam2468 Says:


Nope, nope, nope.

Ellaspivey Says:


Why would a person with half a brain even use this?

Mangle64 Says:



Bassilly Says:


Sorry, no. We know those dudes by their last names. Plus, Adolf Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust. That's a little different than political inclinations alone. Don't get me wrong, I would definitely judge the intentions of a parent who named their kid Stalin, Marx, or Lenin. I had to look up Leon Trotsky, and so I wouldn't think twice if a person named their kid that.

"I would doubt the morality of such a person, who, knowing the bearer of this name, would go on to name their child Adolf. No matter how good a name, the truth is that this name is shared by one of the most evil and corrupt men to walk the earth in modern times."

Bassilly Says:


Because we know him by Stalin, not Josef. Do you know Adolf's middle name? Also, Josef/Joseph has a history of usage that predates Stalin. Adolf did not in the US. So there was nothing else to fall back on besides the one association with Hitler. I'm gonna post something someone posted on the Behind The Name comments for Adolf:

"I would doubt the morality of such a person, who, knowing the bearer of this name, would go on to name their child Adolf. No matter how good a name, the truth is that this name is shared one of the most evil and corrupt men to walk the earth in modern times."

Would you name a kid Saddam?

Dashiell Says:


I think it's just you I can't tell the difference

Dashiell Says:


Yep adolf Anderssen that stupid chess player

DarceyDaisy Says:


In all honesty, I could see people using this name again in the not too distant future. It's one of those 'danger names' that has had one bad association and hasn't been touched since, but they are starting to make their way out again; Lolita, Rolf, Donald...okay Donald is still fairly fresh. I wouldn't name my kid Adolf, as a name it's lovely, but the association for me is too much - for some it's not, your kids not Hitler.

LilySue Says:


My childhood friend's cousin is Adolf. It's a family name apparently, they named him after his and my friend's grandfather
At first I was like WHAT but idk eventually you just kinda got used to it

podsolnechnik13 Says:


I love this name tbh. It's silly that people will think of a name as unusable just because of one bad person. Stalin was bad too, arguably worse, but people continue to name their children Josef. If we eliminate all names that were held by bad people, there will be none left.

RoddyThlayli Says:


The difference being that Josef is not nearly as unique as Adolf. Adolf has never been particularly common in any country that I'm aware of, whereas Josef is, although not wildly popular in its own right, is so closely related to all the other Joseph variations that it doesn't seem that unique. Josef does not automatically bring to mind Stalin, while Adolf does automatically bring to mind Hitler.

indiajuliet Says:


Um, no.

Carbine_Stingray Says:


The name isn't that bad, people shouldn't shy away from names just because of who may have had it previously. Naming a kid Josef doesn't mean your a fan of Stalin

Carbine_Stingray Says:


By that logic naming a kid Josef, Karl, Leon or Vladimir makes you a totalitarianist

Czar Felix Says:


It will take, probably, 1,000 years for this name to seem usable again.

EvelinRose Says:


Maybe if you're a neo-Nazi.....
Not saying it's a bad name in itself, but the associations.... Just no

Nozomi Says:


I can not believe this name out of all names was the name of a horrible selfish man. He ruined the name you know. Too bad it was kind of cute too.

P'tit Asky Says:


Great name.

nipnerb Says:


Excuse me?

nipnerb Says:


Doesn't Everybody?

Loveislife23 Says:


I only clicked on it because it was among the most popular searches of today... Why?

Nikolai_Michaletos Says:


Great name.

HeyItsAvery12 Says:


Naming a kid Lucifer was actually okay. Lucifer is an angel.

Festive Hedgehog Says:


Ah, just one person can ruin a name. We all know who I'm talking about.

madison786 Says:


This name reminds me of Adolf Hitler. I cringe when I hear it.

indiefendi2 Says:


This name is incredibly ugly to begin with. I'd name my kid Lucifer before I name him Adolf.

PoppyOrangey Says:


I love how Nameberry says absolutely nothing about this name. They have the right idea. Stay away from the name Adolf.

kitchi1 Says:


This name does sound nice, but Adolf Hitler was a beyond horrible person.