Rudolph (name)

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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, Ridolfo, Rolf, Ralph, Raul, Raoul
See alsoRoger, Roland, Robert, Roderick, Rodney

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" "honour", "renown", 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.

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  • Rudolf of Fulda, 9th century monk, writer and theologian
  • Rudolf von Habsburg-Lothringen (1788–1831), Archbishop of Olomouc and member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
  • Rudolf Baláž (1940–2011). Slovak Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Banská Bystrica from 1990 until his death in 2011.

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

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