Gender: Male Meaning of Rudolph: "famous wolf" Origin of Rudolph: German

Rudolph Origin and Meaning

The name Rudolph is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous wolf".

Sure, he'd probably get a certain amount of red-nosed teasing around the holiday, but a boy named Rudolph could probably take it. Besides, he's got other, more distinguished namesakes -- the great ballet dancer Nureyev, silent screen Lothario Valentino and 9-11 Mayor Giuliani.

Softening short form Rudy has stood on its own long enough to have been consistently in the Top 1000 for as long as Social Security records have been tallied, while Rudolph has been off for decades. Can it be one of the German names for boysprime for a comeback?

The name was spread in England via the Anthony Hope novel Prisoner of Zenda, which set the fashion for romantic adventure stories in imaginary Balkan countries in the early 20th century.

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Rudolph's International Variations

Rudolpho (Italian) Roffe (Swedish) Ruud (Dutch) Rodolph, Rodolphe (French) Rodolfo (Spanish) Rodolf, Rudolf (German) Rudi (Hungarian) Ruda (Czech)


srudolph Says:


This is my surname - and I love it! There was some mild teasing as a child, but nothing I couldn't take. (Especially as my whole family shared the name, it united us.) Now, as a teacher, being Miss Rudolph is THE BEST! Especially at Christmas, the kids adore it. After I get married (and likely lose my name) Rudolph-called-Rudy is top of the list for future sons.

Wolfgang Says:


"Rudolph" is the English spelling of Rudolf.

Rudolf is a very popular name for Germans.

Of the many famous Germans, Rudolf Diesel comes to mind, whose name is at every gas station in the world!

Vespertinerose Says:


I like it, it is a family name, it saw much use pre-1930's.

jordalini Says:


Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose. I feel this name is unusable in America, all of the kids would tease them

caroblaise Says:


I like this name! Rudy would make a cute nickname too.

CocoWhite Says:


The red-nosed reindeer has given this name a bit of a childish image. And that first "rude" syllable could cause some problems as well.