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Gender: Male Meaning of Randolph: "shield-wolf" Origin of Randolph: English

The name Randolph is a boy's name of English origin meaning "shield-wolf". Randolph and discussed in our forums with posts like "How Old?".

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Randolph is a timeworn classic that had its last hurrah in the 1940s, when Randolph (born George) Scott was starring in westerns, but then was probably done in by its tricky nickname Randy (which, strangely enough, was itself a Top 50 name in the fifties and sixties).

In the UK, the name Randolph has been associated with the Churchill family; in the US, Randall has taken precedence. Trivia note: Randolph S. Parker III is the birth name of Trey Parker, the creator of South Park, whose nickname-name derives from his being the third Randolph in the family.

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Famous People Named Randolph

(George) Randolph Scott, American actor
William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper magnate
Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill, British politician, father of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill, British politician, son of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Randy DeRoy "Randolph" Mantooth, American actor
Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III, TV producer and writer ("South Park")
Randolph Lycett, English tennis player
Randolph T. Blackwell, American civil rights activist
Randolph Strickland, U.S. Congressman from Michigan
Randolph FitzGerald "Randy" Samuel, Canadian soccer player
Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch, American computer scientist and author
Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser, American country music singer
Randolph Clarke "Randy" Harrison, American actor
Randolph William "Randy" Cunneyworth, Canadian ice hockey player
Eric Randolph "Randy" Barnes, American Olympic shot putter
Randolph Charles "Randy" Bachman, Canadian guitarist of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who

Pop Culture References for the name Randolph

Randolph "Rand" Thompson, character from movie "Born Free: A New Adventure"
RandolphMacon College, school in Virginia, USA

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think this is a cool name. It's uncommon but not unknown, has an interesting meaning, and is very distinctive.