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Meaning and Origin of: Rudi

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Wolf

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Swiss German and South German : from a short form, Ruodo, or a Germanic personal name formed with hrōd ‘renown’ (see Rudolf).
  • German (of Slavic origin) : from Slavic rudy ‘red’, applied as a nickname for someone with red hair or a metonymic occupational name for a metalworker or miner (from ruda ‘red earth’).
  • Norwegian : habitational name from any of over fifteen farmsteads so named, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.