Rudolph

First Name
53k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
20k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rudolph

"Rudolph" is a name of English origin, and it means "Famous wolf". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Old English Hrōðwulf. Cognate to Old Norse Hrólfr.

  1. A male given name.
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Notable Persons Named Rudolph

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.

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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.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a fictional character.

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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.

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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.

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

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 54 0 54
1881 62 0 62
1882 52 0 52
1883 61 0 61
1884 77 0 77
1885 70 0 70
1886 68 0 68
1887 71 0 71
1888 54 0 54
1889 83 0 83
1890 92 0 92
1891 68 0 68
1892 95 0 95
1893 101 0 101
1894 104 0 104
1895 106 0 106
1896 108 0 108
1897 109 0 109
1898 115 0 115
1899 100 0 100
1900 147 0 147
1901 87 0 87
1902 119 0 119
1903 120 0 120
1904 128 0 128
1905 132 0 132
1906 125 0 125
1907 135 0 135
1908 173 0 173
1909 173 0 173
1910 218 0 218
1911 217 0 217
1912 453 0 453
1913 564 0 564
1914 739 7 732
1915 980 6 974
1916 988 0 988
1917 952 6 946
1918 972 10 962
1919 803 0 803
1920 835 5 830
1921 967 7 960
1922 1,144 0 1,144
1923 1,305 0 1,305
1924 1,237 9 1,228
1925 1,255 12 1,243
1926 1,644 7 1,637
1927 1,696 10 1,686
1928 1,325 17 1,308
1929 1,231 10 1,221
1930 1,233 15 1,218
1931 1,113 13 1,100
1932 964 5 959
1933 854 6 848
1934 787 8 779
1935 745 0 745
1936 647 0 647
1937 629 0 629
1938 683 0 683
1939 588 0 588
1940 628 5 623
1941 600 0 600
1942 659 0 659
1943 662 0 662
1944 578 5 573
1945 577 5 572
1946 634 6 628
1947 696 0 696
1948 718 0 718
1949 820 0 820
1950 756 0 756
1951 836 5 831
1952 777 0 777
1953 743 0 743
1954 653 0 653
1955 661 7 654
1956 721 0 721
1957 568 0 568
1958 486 0 486
1959 459 0 459
1960 442 0 442
1961 413 0 413
1962 413 0 413
1963 411 0 411
1964 378 0 378
1965 329 0 329
1966 352 0 352
1967 276 0 276
1968 270 0 270
1969 251 0 251
1970 309 0 309
1971 274 0 274
1972 231 0 231
1973 220 5 215
1974 223 6 217
1975 188 0 188
1976 199 0 199
1977 181 0 181
1978 182 0 182
1979 190 0 190
1980 196 0 196
1981 170 0 170
1982 192 0 192
1983 178 0 178
1984 165 0 165
1985 157 0 157
1986 139 0 139
1987 156 0 156
1988 169 0 169
1989 183 0 183
1990 146 0 146
1991 131 0 131
1992 119 0 119
1993 108 0 108
1994 105 0 105
1995 105 0 105
1996 109 0 109
1997 76 0 76
1998 92 0 92
1999 62 0 62
2000 72 0 72
2001 81 0 81
2002 69 0 69
2003 65 0 65
2004 59 0 59
2005 58 0 58
2006 50 0 50
2007 45 0 45
2008 54 0 54
2009 35 0 35
2010 32 0 32
2011 44 0 44
2012 43 0 43
2013 36 0 36
2014 47 0 47
2015 41 0 41
2016 33 0 33

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Popularity of Rudolph as a first name

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Popularity of Rudolph as a last name

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Common last names for Rudolph

  • Johnson
  • Anderson
  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Schmidt
  • Jones
  • Peterson
  • Brown
  • Nelson
  • Meyer
  • Olson
  • Carlson
  • Mueller
  • Schneider
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Larson

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

  • How Popular is the name Rudolph? Rudolph is the 947th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 53,343 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 1,686 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rudolph!
  • Random Rudolph Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rudolph ranks 82nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 24 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Rudolph: Your name in reverse order is Hplodur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lpdrhuo. 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.

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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).
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