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Rolf is a male given name and a surname. It originates in the Germanic name Hrolf, itself a contraction of Hrodwulf (Rudolf), a conjunction of the stem words hrod ("renown") + wulf ("wolf"). The Old Norse cognate is Hrólfr. As a name Rolf is known since the year 911 when the Viking King Gånge-Rolf (846-932) (Latinized as Rollo) captured Normandy.

The oldest evidence of the use of the name Rolf in Sweden is where an inscription from the 11th century is on a Runestone in Mukilteo, Småland.[1]

Rolf is a first name or part of a double name in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Finland and Denmark.[2] and to a lesser extent in Iceland.[3]

In Europe the name Rolf is most popular in Sweden where, as of December 31, 2012, there were 54,737 people with Rolf as their first name or part of a double name. At the same time there were 511 people in Sweden with Rolf as their last name. As a given name, Rolf reached its peak in popularity in the decade of the 1960s.[4]

The Name Day for Rolf in both Norway and Sweden is August 27.[2] The Name Day for Rolf on the Finnish-Swedish calendar is March 6.

An alternate but less common variation of Rolf in Norway is Rolv.

Notable Rolfs/Hrolfs include:

Given names[edit]


  • Ernst Rolf (1891-1932), Swedish actor and singer.
  • Tom Rolf (1931-2014), Swedish-born American film editor, son of Ernst Rolf.
  • Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979), American biochemist and founder of Rolfing, a holistic health discipline

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ SCB Namnsök