Meaning and Origin of: Rolf

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Wolf; wise counsel
  • German : Kind adviser
  • German : Wolf

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrōd ‘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(l)(see Rollo).
  • North German : from a personal name, a contracted form of Rudolf, cognate with 1.