Rudy

Rudy is a dimiutive of Rudolf or its feminine form Rudolfa, which comes from Germanic Hrodulf meaning “famous wolf” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and wulf (wolf).

Origin: Germanic

Male variants:

  • Rudi (German, Hungarian)
  • Rudolf (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Russian, Armenian)
  • Rudolph (English)
  • Rodolph (English, French)
  • Rodolfo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Rolf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Rolph (English)
  • Roul (Norman French)

 

Female forms:

  • Rudolfa
  • Rudolpha (English)

 

 

Ralph

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: a contracted form of Ráđúlfr, an Ancient Scandinavian name meaning “wolf counsel” or “counsel wolf” from Old Norse elements ráđ (counsel) and úlfr (wolf).

A masculine given name as well as surname, in British English it’s pronounced as Rayf while in American English it is Ralf.

Variants:

  • Ráđúlfr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Radulf (Germanic)
  • Ralf (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English)
  • Rafe (English)
  • Raef (English)
  • Raife (English)
  • Raif (English)
  • Raff (English)
  • Raoul (French, Italian)
  • Raul (Portuguese, Italian)
  • Raúl (Spanish)
  • Radolf (German, Dutch)
  • Raül (Catalan)
  • Rædwulf (Old English)
  • Rádhulbh (Irish)