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

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.

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 Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
Rudolph Valentino, Italian-born American silent film actor
Rudolph A. Marcus, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the name Rudolph

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," one of Santa's reindeer, Christmas song, and TV special


Rudolph's International Variations

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