Rudolph name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rudolph mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Rudolph

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Missouri, U.S. says the name Rudolph means "Wolves".
  2. A user from California, U.S. says the name Rudolph means "Wolf".
  3. A user from South Africa says the name Rudolph is of Dutch origin and means "Is the intervention of God through the success or happiness of a human being".
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From German Rudolph, Rudolf (compare Proto-Germanic *Hrōþiwulfaz).

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

Notable Persons Named Rudolph

Notable Persons Named Rudolph

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani is a 107th Mayor of New York City, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and United States Associate Attorney General. Rudy was given the name Rudolph William Louis Giuliani on May 28th, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino was an actor. His career lasted from 1914 to 1926. Rudolph was given the name Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla on May 6th, 1895 in Castellaneta. He died on August 23rd, 1926.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fictional character.

Rudolph Walker OBE

Rudolph Walker OBE is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to 1965. Rudolph was given the name Rudolph Walker on September 28th, 1939 in Trinidad.

Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore was an actor, comedian, singer, comic, and film producer. His career lasted from 1950 to 2008. Rudy was given the name Rudolph Frank Moore on March 17th, 1927 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S. He passed away on October 19th, 2008.

Rudolph E. Boesch

Rudolph E. Boesch is a survivor: borneo and survivor: all-stars. His military service ended in 1990.

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  • Rudolph
  • Rudolph Michael Schindler
  • Rudy Marcus
  • R. J. Rummel
    Political Scientist
  • Rudolph Contreras
    Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • André Bauer
    Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
  • Rudy Boschwitz
  • Rudolph von Habsburg-Lothringen
  • Rudolph Moshammer
    Fashion Design
  • R. C. Gorman
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Sascha Schneider
  • Rudolph B. Davila
    Military Person

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rudolph

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph is an actor, comedian, and actress. She was most active from 1996 to present. Maya was given the name Maya Khabira Rudolph by her parents Richard Rudolph, Chess, GRT, Epic, and Capitol on July 27th, 1972 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

Richard Rudolph

Richard Rudolph is a musician. He was most prominent from 1967 to present. Richard was born on October 27th, 1946. Richard is also known as R.J. Rudolph, Richard J. Rudolph, and Dick Rudolph.

Travis Rudolph

Travis Rudolph is a football player. Travis was born on September 15th, 1995 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was an athlete. Wilma was born on June 23rd, 1940 in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, United States. She left this life on November 12th, 1994.

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings. He was most prominent from 2011 to present. Kyle was born on November 9th, 1989 in Cincinnati.

Arthur Rudolph

Arthur Rudolph was a rocket engineer. Arthur was given the name Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph on November 9th, 1906 in Stepfershausen, Meiningen, German Empire. He left this life on January 1st, 1996.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rudolph U.S.
  White 72.86% 64.26%
  African American 21.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.42% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rudolph

People with the last name Rudolph are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rudolph

  • What name lists does Rudolph rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rudolph? Rudolph is the 983rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rudolph was the 1,808th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rudolph have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 53,466 babies born with the first name Rudolph in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rudolph to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rudolph? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 54 new born babies.
  • When was Rudolph first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rudolph is Tuesday, March 21st, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Rudolph born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rudolph was in 1927 with a total of 1,689 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rudolph!
  • Random Rudolph Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rudolph ranks 78th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 28 babies in Maryland have the same name in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Rudolph: The name spelled backwards is Hplodur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hlupord. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rudolph? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,854 people with the last name Rudolph.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rudolph? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Rudolph as their last name.
  • Rudolph name meaning

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