Rolf name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rolf

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  1. A user from Minnesota, U.S. says the name Rolf is of Norwegian origin and means "Warrior".
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  1. Norse chieftain who became the first duke of Normandy (860-931)

From Old Norse Hrólfr, and from its Old French equivalent, cognates of Rudolph. Brought to England by the Normans, survived in surnames and was revived in the 19th century, partly due to its modern Scandinavian cognate.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Rolf was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Rolf

Notable Persons Named Rolf

Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare is an actor, voice actor, theatre director, playwright, and musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. Peter was given the name Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm on August 27th, 1953 in Kumla.

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris is a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, television personality, presenter, actor, broadcaster, and painter. His career lasted from 1950 to 2014. Rolf was born on March 30th, 1930 in Bassendean, Perth, Australia.

Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Michael was given the name Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist on November 8th, 1960 in Stockholm. Michael is also known as Michael Nykvist, Micke, Mikael, and Michael.

Joey Tempest

Joey Tempest is a heavy metal music, hard rock, glam metal, and country rock musician. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Piano, Violin, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1979 to 1979. Joey was given the name Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson on August 19th, 1963 in Stockholm.

Rolf Holger Lassgård

Rolf Holger Lassgård is an actor. Rolf was born Rolf Holger Lassgård on March 29th, 1955 in Östersund.

Rolf Bae

Rolf Bae was an adventure, mountaineering, adventurer, and mountaineer. Rolf was born on January 9th, 1975 in Trondheim. He passed away on August 1st, 2008.

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    Formula One Racer
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  • Rolf Maximilian Sievert
    Medical Physicist
  • Rolf Zinkernagel
  • Rolf Armstrong
  • Ola Salo
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  • Rolf Sachs
  • Rolf Liebermann
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  • Rolf Huisgen

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rolf

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rolf

Ida Pauline Rolf

Ida Pauline Rolf was a in the field of biochemistry. Ida was born on May 19th, 1896 in The Bronx. She breathed her last breath on March 19th, 1979.

Tom Rolf

Tom Rolf was a film editing and film editor. His career lasted from 1957 to 2008. Tom was given the name Ernst R. Rolf on December 31st, 1931 in Stockholm. Tom is also known as Rolf and Ernst R.. He breathed his last breath on July 14th, 2014.

Tutta Rolf

Tutta Rolf was an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1932 to 1939. Tutta was given the name Solveig Jenny Berntzen on October 7th, 1907 in Oslo. She left this life on October 26th, 1994.

Ernst Rolf

Ernst Rolf was an actor, singer, and musical revue artist. He was most active from 1907 to 1932. Ernst was given the name Ernst Ragnar Johansson on January 20th, 1891 in Falun, Sweden. He breathed his last breath on December 25th, 1932.

Frederick Rolf

Frederick Rolf is an actor and director. His career lasted from 1946 to 1946. Frederick was given the name Rolf Günther Friedrichs on August 14th, 1926 in Berlin. Frederick is also known as Friedrichs and Rolf Günther (birth).

David Rolf

David Rolf is a labor union leader, trade union, and labor unionleader. He has been prominent since 1991. David was born in 1969.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rolf U.S.
  White 94.27% 64.26%
  African American 2.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rolf

People with the last name Rolf are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rolf

  • How Popular is the name Rolf? Rolf is the 5,300th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rolf was the 12,802nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rolf have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,073 babies born with the first name Rolf in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rolf to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rolf? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Rolf first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rolf is Monday, January 13th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Rolf born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rolf was in 1960 with a total of 97 babies.
  • Random Rolf Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rolf is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Illinois have the same name in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Rolf: The name spelled backwards is Flor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Flro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rolf? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,409 people with the last name Rolf.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rolf? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rolf as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Rolf name meaning

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