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Rolf 1
Type Surname (from given name)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. RAWLF
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Other Forms FormsRolfe, Rou, Rollo, Hrolfr, Hrólfr

Meaning & History

English: Composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou (see Rollo).
North German: from a personal name, a contracted form of Rudolf.
Added 5/28/2014 by Isaac Wheatley
Edited 3/6/2020 by Mike C and LMS

Rolf 2
Type Surname (from given name)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsRolfe, Ruff

Meaning & History

From the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd "renown" and wulf "wolf". This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo).
Added 6/22/2016 by anonymous
Edited 6/23/2016 by Marusero