Rolf

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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Rolf

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  1. Norse chieftain who became the first duke of Normandy (860-931)
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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.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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

Notable Persons Named Rolf

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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How popular is the baby name Rolf in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 9 0 9
1913 25 0 25
1914 14 0 14
1915 23 0 23
1916 25 0 25
1917 25 0 25
1918 25 0 25
1919 30 0 30
1920 13 0 13
1921 24 0 24
1922 16 0 16
1923 29 0 29
1924 23 0 23
1925 32 0 32
1926 36 0 36
1927 37 0 37
1928 40 0 40
1929 47 0 47
1930 41 0 41
1931 37 0 37
1932 43 0 43
1933 43 0 43
1934 52 0 52
1935 41 0 41
1936 49 0 49
1937 36 0 36
1938 47 0 47
1939 29 0 29
1940 38 0 38
1941 41 0 41
1942 42 0 42
1943 31 0 31
1944 35 0 35
1945 57 0 57
1946 44 0 44
1947 39 0 39
1948 51 0 51
1949 56 0 56
1950 43 0 43
1951 70 0 70
1952 62 0 62
1953 58 0 58
1954 74 0 74
1955 70 0 70
1956 71 0 71
1957 57 0 57
1958 67 0 67
1959 88 0 88
1960 97 0 97
1961 82 0 82
1962 69 0 69
1963 83 0 83
1964 66 0 66
1965 65 0 65
1966 63 0 63
1967 47 0 47
1968 38 0 38
1969 52 0 52
1970 37 0 37
1971 36 0 36
1972 20 0 20
1973 35 0 35
1974 25 0 25
1975 14 0 14
1976 25 0 25
1977 16 0 16
1978 16 0 16
1979 12 0 12
1980 10 0 10
1981 9 0 9
1982 13 0 13
1983 8 0 8
1984 11 0 11
1985 10 0 10
1986 9 0 9
1988 13 0 13
1989 6 0 6
1990 6 0 6
1991 6 0 6
1992 13 0 13
1993 6 0 6
1994 10 0 10
1995 7 0 7
1996 8 0 8
1997 5 0 5
1998 8 0 8
1999 6 0 6
2000 5 0 5
2001 5 0 5
2003 9 0 9
2014 5 0 5
2017 5 0 5
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Rolf

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Rolf as a first name

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Popularity of Rolf as a last name

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Common last names for Rolf

  • Hansen
  • Olsen
  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Andersen
  • Olson
  • Jacobsen
  • Johnsen
  • Iverson
  • Berg
  • Nielsen

Common first names for Rolf

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 5,144th 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,076 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 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rolf is not a popular baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Rolf: Your name in reverse order is Flor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Frlo. 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!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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