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

The name Rudolph is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous wolf". Rudolph and is often added to lists like Cool Winter Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Rudolph

Rudolph, King of France
Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani, American lawyer and politician; 107th mayor of New York City
Rudolph Valentino (born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguella), Italian-born American silent film actor
Rudolph II, Count of Habsburg
Rudolph Cartier, Austrian director
Rudolph Maté (born Rudolf Mayer), Polish-Hungarian-American cinematographer
Rudolph Schildkraut, Austrian actor
Rudolph Malcolm Walker, Trinidadian-British actor
Rudolph Arthur Marcus, Canadian chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
(Charles) Rudolph Boysen, American creator of the boysenberry
Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American conductor
Rudolph Bernard Isley, American singer of The Isley Brothers
Rudolph Lewis, English operatic bass-baritone
Rudolph Cornelius Wiedoeft, American saxophonist
(Franz) Rudolph Wurlitzer, German-American organ maker
Rudolph John Chauncey Fisher, American physician and novelist
(Karl) Rudolph Koenig, German physicist
Rudolph "Rudie" Gustav Hass, American creator of the Hass avocado
Rudolph Ackermann, German publisher and bookseller

Pop Culture References for the name Rudolph

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," one of Santa's reindeer, Christmas song, and TV special
Rudolph 'Rudy' Stieblitz, aka Regular Sized Rudy, from "Bob's Burgers"
Rudolph Fentz, main character in short story "I'm Scared" by Jack Finney and subject of a time-traveling urban legend
Rudolph Spielman, character in "Harry Potter" universe


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.