|Derivation||regin + úlfr|
|Meaning||"advice", "decision" (also "the gods") + "wolf"|
Ranulf is a masculine given name in the English language. It is derived from the Old Norse name Reginúlfr. This Old Norse personal name is composed of two elements: the first, regin, means "advice", "decision" (and also "the gods"); the second element, úlfr, means "wolf". Reginúlfr was introduced into Scotland and northern England, by Scandinavian settlers, in the Early Middle Ages.
People with the name
- Ranulf de Vains, Ranulf the Moneyer, Norman born around circa 1015, appears around 1035 in Domesday
- Ranulf I de Soules, Norman knight who came to Scotland with David I
- Ranulf I of Aquitaine
- Ranulf II of Aquitaine
- Ranulf II, Count of Alife
- Rainulf Trincanocte, third count of Aversa
- Ranulf de Broc (died c. 1179), royal marshall
- Ranulf Compton, United States Representative from Connecticut
- Rainulf Drengot, Norman adventurer and the first count of Aversa
- Ranulf Flambard, Bishop of Durham
- Ranulph de Gernon, 2nd Earl of Chester
- Ranulf de Glanvill, Chief Justiciar of England
- Ranulf Higdon (or Higden), English chronicler and a Benedictine monk
- Ranulf of Wareham, Bishop of Chichester
- Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, English adventurer
Fictional characters with the name
- Ranulf, character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and its sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- Ranulf, an additional natural son of Henry I of England in Sharon Kay Penman's Plantagenet series. The meticulous research for which Penman is noted extends to the names of minor characters. Completely fictional characters in her books are rare and are always identified in her author's notes. They serve as devices to illustrate aspects of medieval life, to reveal information, or to bridge gaps in knowledge, especially when such revelations would be out of character for the historical figures in her novels.
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 226, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Penman, Sharon Kay. "Ranulf vs Richard," 5 May 2009. Author's blog article accessed at <http://sharonkaypenman.com/blog/?p=48> 14 July 2013.