The unusual English surname Rolfe derives ultimately from the Old Scandinavian and Germanic pre 5th century personal name "Hrodwulf". This was composed of the elements "hrod", meaning "renown", and "wulf", a wolf. In Norse the contracted form was "Hrolfr", in Danish and Swedish "Rolf", and it is said that these personal names reached England first through their popularity with Scandinavian settlers before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Normans thereafter introduced their own form of the name, generally found as "Rou" or "Roul" and often Latinised as "Rollo".
- B. A. Rolfe, movie producer
- Chris Rolfe, American soccer player
- Frederick Rolfe, also known as "Baron Corvo"
- Guy Rolfe, English actor
- James Rolfe (composer) (born 1961), Canadian composer
- James Rolfe (filmmaker) (born 1980), The Angry Video Game Nerd
- John Rolfe, English-born Virginia colonist
- John Carew Rolfe, classicist
- Lilian Rolfe, female World War II spy
- Red Rolfe, American baseball player
- Rob Rolfe, drummer in English post-hardcore band Enter Shikari
- Robert Allen Rolfe (1855–1921), British botanist
- Thomas Rolfe, child of Lady Rebecca and John Rolfe
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