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Quick Facts on Rodolfo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 907
Simple meaning:
Famous wolf

Characteristics of Rodolfo

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rodolfo

Rodolfo is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of Rudolf, originating from the German “Hrōdwulf” created from the Germanic elements “hrod” meaning “fame” and “wulf” meaning “wolf”. Therefore the name Rudolf/Rodolfo means “wolf of renowned” or “famous wolf”. Rudolf was an important name in medieval Germany having been associated with the Hapsburg dynasty starting with the 13th century Rudolf von Habsburg, the first Hapsburg King of the Germans, to the 19th century Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and heir to the Emperorship. So the powerful European Hapsburg monarchy basically started and ended with a Rudolf. This is because the Prince never assumed the Emperor role for which he had been groomed his whole life. Instead, at the age of 30, Rudolf died under mysterious circumstances in an apparent murder-suicide pact with his 17 year old mistress (an event that made international headlines). Because Rudolf’s father, Emperor Franz Joseph I, only had one son (i.e., Prince Rudolf), the next in line to the throne was the Emperor’s brother who renounced his succession. The next heir-apparent was the brother's son, Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Rudolf’s cousin). Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 would set in motion World War I and, as they say, the rest is Hapsburg history. Rodolfo has been used among the Italians, Spanish and Portuguese since the Middle Ages. The popularity of the name among Italians may have been influenced by the Puccini opera La bohème (1896), one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. It’s about a group of bohemians in 1830 Paris, centrally focused on the love story between Rodolfo and Mimi.

Popularity of the Name Rodolfo

The Italian and Spanish Rodolfo limped onto the American male naming charts in the early 1900s and initially showed little promise. Then between 1919 and 1927, the name jumped over 500 positions on the charts. This was most likely influenced by matinée idol and silent film star Rudolph Valentino (1898-1926) who was immensely popular in the 1920s. Incidentally, Valentino was born in Italy with the birth name Rodolfo. His life was cut short at the age of 31 by the inflammation and collapse of his lungs following appendicitis surgery. A nation mourned his death, and Americans of Italian and Spanish descent embraced the name Rodolfo. The name stayed in fairly steady usage as the decades continued, likely sustained by the growing Hispanic-American population. However, in recent years, especially since the turn of the 21st century, Rodolfo has been falling more dramatically on the charts. Even among Spanish speaking Americans Rodolfo is not a top choice or even a moderate one.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rodolfo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rodolfo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rodolfo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rodolfo

    Rodolfo (La boheme) Rodolfo is the hero of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved and much performed 1896 four-act opera, La boheme (itself adapted from a novel of vignettes by Henri Murger, Scenes de la vie de boheme, based upon his own experiences in Paris in the 1840’s). Rodolfo is a poor and struggling young poet who meets and falls in love with the beautiful Mimi, a seamstress who lives in the same building as he. Although they try with all their hearts to remain together, their grinding poverty forces the chivalrous Rodolfo to make a wrenching decision – he leaves the grievously ill Mimi so that she may find a man who can provide for her financially. She does so, but in the last stages of consumption she returns to the garret room of Rodolfo so she may die in his arms. Rodolfo has proven himself to be a true poet of life; he has embraced it in all its fullness, to include poverty and death as well as love and joy.

  • Popular Songs on Rodolfo

    Popular Songs on Rodolfo

    Rodolfo - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Rodolfo.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodolfo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodolfo

    Rodolfo Petirrojo (Antoon Krings) - Spanish edition. Las historias en esta vibrante y humorística colección presentan varias extrañas y curiosas criaturas cuyas aventuras en el jardín deleitarán y enriquecerán a los niños. Siguiendo a Andrés Milpiés, Rafa Cucaracha, Rodolfo Petirrojo y la Tortuga Lúa, los jóvenes lectores aprenderán valiosas lecciones acerca del mundo que les rodea. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Rodolfo

    Famous People Named Rodolfo

    Famous People Named Rodolfo - Rodolfo Neri Vela (astronaut, first Mexican to travel in space); Rodolfo Dantas Bispo (Brazilian footballer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rodolfo

    Children of Famous People Named Rodolfo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Rodolfo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rodolfo.

  • Historic Figures

    Rodolfo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rudolph Valentino (6 May 1895 – 23 Aug 1926) - Rudolph Valentino was an extraordinarily popular heart throb of the silent movie era of the 1920s, an Italian born sex symbol who starred in such well known films as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse , The Sheik and Blood and Sand. Women swooned over him, men envied him and mothers adored him. His startling and unexpected death at the age of 31 of complications after an appendectomy was a shock to his fans; his New York funeral drew an estimated throng of 100,000 people to the streets, many in hysterics. Rudolph was surely the first major star of the film industry. Although he married twice and had several romantic liaisons, he never had children (as far as we know), so we’ll never know how those rather outré smoldering good looks might have translated to 21st century standards.

Personality of the Boy Name Rodolfo

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rodolfo

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