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

Adolph Origin and Meaning

The name Adolph is a boy's name of German origin meaning "noble wolf".

World War II stamped a permanent verboten on Adolph.

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Famous People Named Adolph

Pop Culture References for the name Adolph

Dolph, Dolf, Dolphus, Ad

Adolph's International Variations

Adolphus (Swedish) Dolfo, Adalfo, Adolfo, Dolfito, Fito (Spanish) Aatu (Finnish) Adolf (Danish) Adolphe (French)


Renee5322 Says:


It's... interesting... that so many are defending this name. Objectively, it isn't a bad-sounding name at all, but c'mon. The association is horrible. The teasing the poor child would suffer from is just not worth it. And even if you name him this after a relative, that's not gonna stop people from associating it with you-know-who. German names are no longer taboo in the US, but this one is, and for good reason.

TechnoKitten Says:


Reminds me of hitler plus I don't like the name

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


Give it another 50 years or so and I wouldnt be surprised to see this name make a comeback. Not necessarily super popular, but I can see it being somewhat less taboo. Which I know seems really awful but thats what happens with time. By then no one alive will have personally been involved in the holocaust, and the kids by then wont even have grandparents that lived through it. Eventually there will be a disconnect. And I know that seems sad to think that people will forget, but how many of us currently feel affected by the Civil War or the Revolutionary War or any of the sheer amount of wars from the past?

aleerakate Says:


I love this name, I would never use it due to the negative connotations, however, I agree with other users, I don't understand why Adolph is demonised while other names, such as Joseph is absolutely fine when you had

Joseph Goebbels who was at least as bad as Hitler!

It's time that this name is recognised for it's strength, beauty and meaning and not this one person who bore it.

danirose01 Says:


Teasing is an understatement. His teachers would look down on him, other parents would look differently at the family, it would be a huge mess.

Jacob Says:


Adolph is my last name, and I'm very proud.

thorn144 Says:


This is a strong sounding-name with a cool meaning. It's too bad it's taboo, but rightfully so.

pterodactylcries Says:


You know what your kid is going to get with a name like Adolph? Teasing. Lots of teasing.

Moony Says:


At best, most people find Adolph to be a controversial choice. But I also believe that, were a famous book character or movie actor to represent this name in our more modern times, the nasty association this name currently bears might be washed away in sake of a more positive appeal. Because Adolph in itself is not a bad name. It's very old and traditional, it has an incredibly strong meaning and a distinguished flare, and in terms of sound I myself happen to think it's quite handsome. If someone were brave enough to use it in real life, I think it might be a step towards breaking the taboo. But who would be willing to take that chance?

germanstar Says:


Your comment is right. There were many evil people whose names are still used. As a German, sometimes I feel ashamed that that monster was German as well. Personally,I would never use the name because of the negative association. It is normal that some people ruin some names, sometimes in personal terms (when a specific person we met turns out cruel and bad and even if we like the name we associate it with him or her). Sometimes, this can happen for the whole population. I don't know why other despots didn't ruin the names they used to bear, maybe because they are long associated with someone else. For instance, Ivan is the Russian form of John, Joseph is also a religious name, Nicola as well, so there is tradition and history behind them

esita Says:


I do reckon there is a taboo on it, but find it odd that other despots like Benito Mussolini, Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Mugabe, Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Nicola Ceausescu, haven't had this effect on their names.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't think this name is OOTQ because of superstition but purely because of association. After all, even if you just like the name, one of its most famous bearers has still left a horrible lasting impression on so many people. So we people not name our children Adolph because we are afraid they'll turn out evil, but because of what the name reminds them of.

clairels Says:


In the early 20th century, there were a lot recent or first-generation German immigrants who probably viewed it as traditional German name and didn't realize all the negative associations that would happen later on. As time went by and people became more assimilated it became more universally taboo. That's my theory anyway.

Everild Says:


According to ssa statistics; during 1939 and 1945, the name Adolph for boys (in America, at least), stayed firmly within the top 500. And from there, the name was continuously used for boys right up until 1970 - a full 25 years after the end of WWII. So, if it was used firmly throughout the war and persistently afterwards, why now is the name seen as such a taboo?

I'm not denying the horrors of the Holocaust, nor am I attempting to justify or gloss over them. I merely point out that what happened, happened because of a monster - not a name. And while what happened should never be forgotten, to ban such a proud name based on superstition is inexcusable.

Others may disagree with me, but that's just my opinion...

Alexa Says:


It's a shame that it's a ruined name cause it must have been a cool name at one time.

strawberrydino Says:


No. Just no.