Rudolph or Rudolf (French: Rodolphe, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish: Rodolfo) or Rodolphe is a male first name, and, less commonly, a surname. It is an ancient Germanic name deriving from two stems: Hrōþi, Hruod, Hróðr or Hrōð, meaning "fame", "glory" , and olf meaning "wolf"(Hrōþiwulfaz). It is a common name in many Germanic-language speaking countries in Europe, but in the North American countries it is rare.

Rudolph
Rudolf of Hapsburg Speyer.jpg
Pronunciation/rdɒlf/
German: [ˈʁuːdɔlf]
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameGermanic
Meaning"fame-wolf", "glory-wolf"
Region of originGermanic countries (Germany, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Scandinavian region)
Other names
DerivedRudolfsson
Related namesRudy (Nickname), Rodolfo, Rolf, Ralph, Raul, Raoul

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  • Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist

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  • Rudolph Blaumanis, Latvian writer, journalist and playwright, considered one of the greatest writers in Latvian history and particularly a master of realism

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