Ranulf Gender Masculine Language(s) English Origin Language(s) Old Norse Word/name Reginúlfr 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 [ edit ]
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 (the only modern Ranulf here listed)
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 Ranulph Fiennes correctly Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, Bt., OBE, English adventurer
Fictional characters with the name [ edit ]
Ranulf, character in and its sequel, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance . 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. 
References [ edit ]
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.