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When you first hear the name Rudolph, you may immediately think of Christmas because of the reindeer. What better name to give your son if his birthday is in the holiday season? Plus, this wholesome and kindhearted option comes with adorable nicknames like Rudy.

Meaning of the name Rudolph:

German: famous wolf
English: famous wolf

Origin of the name Rudolph:

Rudolph originated as the English variation of the German name Rudolf. The latter spread around the world in the 1800s. Rudolf comes from the old Germanic name Hrodulf, which comes from the words “hrod” and “wulf.”

Symbolism of the name Rudolph:

The baby name Rudolph means “famous wolf” because it has the same meaning as the original Rudolf. Rudolf originated from Hrodulf, which contains the elements “hrod” and “wulf.” “Hrod” translates to “fame,” and “wulf” means “wolf.”

Style of the name Rudolph:

Traditional

Gender of the name Rudolph:

Rudolph is a wholesome name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Rudolph:

ROO-dahlf

Number of syllables in the name Rudolph:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Rudolph:

Rudolph is a noble and wholesome name. It is strong and mature.

Alternative spellings for the name Rudolph:

  • Rudolf
  • Rhudolph
  • Rhudolf
  • Rudoff
  • Rhudoff

Nicknames for the name Rudolph:

  • Rudy 
  • Rudie
  • Rudi
  • Dolpho
  • Dolph
  • Rudd

Popularity of the name Rudolph:

Rudolph was a top 200 option in America until 1938. It ranked highest in 1915 when it was number 135. Rudolph was last a top 1,000 option in 1992 at rank 994, but it is now a top 6,000 name.

Related names for the name Rudolph:

Great middle names for Rudolph and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Rudolph:

Rudolphs in popular culture:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Christmas character)
  • Rudolph Stieblitz (character from “Bob's Burgers”)
  • Rudolph Fentz (character from “I'm Scared”)
  • Rudolph Spielman (character from “Harry Potter”)