Rudolph: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Rudolph

Rudolph

Pronunciation: ROO-dahlf (key)

Related Names:

Dolph, Rodolfo, Rolf, Rudolf, Rudy

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The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created in 1939 by Robert L. May, and was turned into a song by Johnny Marks in 1948. Later, it became a very popular television special. The publicity generated by all three cemented the name Rudolph to the reindeer in the public consciousness, and effectively killed it off as a name for new babies.

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Nicknames for Rudolph: | Edit

Rudy, Rudi, Dolph

Meanings and history of the name Rudolph: | Edit

English form of Rudolf, from Old High German, meaning "famous wolf"

Famous real-life people named Rudolph: | Edit

Rudolph Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine
Rudolph Valentino, American silent film actor
Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani, mayor of New York City
Rudolph Bing, Austro-American opera impresario
Rudolph Marcus, Canadian chemist
Rudy Vallée (born Hubert Prior Vallée), American singer, actor, and bandleader.

Rudolph in song, story & screen: | Edit

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, "the most famous reindeer of all".
Rudolph Farnsworth, a minor villain in the television series "Kim Possible"
Rudolph, alternate name for Gossamer, a Looney Tunes character
Rudolf Rassendyll, the hero of "The Prisoner of Zenda" by Anthony Hope
Rudolf V, King of Ruritania in "The Prisoner of Zenda" cousin and look-alike to Rassendyll
Rudolph "Rudy" Matt, an Austrian skier, 1936 world champion in the slalom
Rudi Matt, mountain climbing teen hero of "Banner In The Sky" by James Ramsey Ullman and Disney film "Third Man On The Mountain"
Rudolf I of Habsburg founder of the Hab­s­burg line

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