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Quick Facts on Rudy

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 813
Simple meaning:
Little famous wolf

Characteristics of Rudy

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rudy

Rudy is the short form of Rudolf, a name given to the English from the German “Hrōdwulf” made up of the Germanic elements “hrod” meaning “fame” and “wulf” meaning “wolf”. Therefore the name Rudolf means “wolf of renowned” or “famous wolf”. As a diminutive of Rudolf, Rudy would henceforth mean “little 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 which 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 which passed on to his own 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. Among English-speakers specifically, though, Rudolf was a name made popular in the late 19th century by an 1894 adventure novel written by Anthony Hope called “The Prisoner of Zenda” which features a central character named Rudolf (see literary references below for more information). Adding more currency to the name was early 20th century silent-film star and “Latin Lover” Rudolph Valentino (born Rodolfo in Italy) and Italian-American NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani (b. Rudolph). Rodolfo is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent. Rudy is the English diminutive or pet form of Rudolf/Rudolph/Rodolfo.

Popularity of the Name Rudy

The informal diminutive Rudy dates back well over 100+ years on the American male naming charts. The name has never been particularly popular as an independently given name, but it has been widespread as a diminutive nickname for Rudolph and Rodolfo among English and Spanish speakers alike. That isn’t to say Rudy hasn’t enjoyed success as a name in his own right – he’s peak popularity was mostly enjoyed during the 1940s when he reached his apex on the charts at position #234 in 1947. Relatively speaking, that’s not too shabby. The name’s usage was most likely influenced by popular American bandleader and entertainer of the 1940s Rudy Vallée. Today the name has dwindled to low levels of popularity, and we hear many parents bellyache about the “rude” aspect of the name. This is sheer silliness in our opinion. Rudy is an upbeat and friendly name; far from sounding impolite.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rudy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rudy

  • Popular Songs on Rudy

    Popular Songs on Rudy

    A Message to You Rudy - a song by The Specials

    Rudy - a song by Cher

    Rudy - a song by Supertramp

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rudy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rudy

    Rudy (Ernestine Schneider) - Rudy is a book about a dog and a ten year old boy. A true account of their lives together, and the fun and adventures they had every day. Rudy is a big St. Bernard, with a lot of fur, and a little over weight. He is the most loveable dog so gentle with a habit of getting into situations he can't get out of. Rudy will make you smile, and feel happy. It's a must read. Children everywhere will enjoy reading Rudy. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Rudy And Babette: Or, The Capture Of The Eagle's Nest (Hans Christian Andersen) - Rudy And Babette Or, The Capture Of The Eagle's Nest By Hans Christian Andersen With Twenty Illustrations By Helen Stratton. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Rudy and Cirrus of Karma (R. M. Smith) - A boy named Rudy breaks his mom's treasured vase and blames his little brother and sister. His mom sends him on an errand and he soon discovers sometimes even on a regular day typical things can lead to strange encounters. Excerpt: “Rudy looked up, and towering over his head / he saw the strange cloud, and froze as it said, / ''I'm Cirrus of Karma, I've three wishes to grant you. / Make the first this instant, or you'll have only two.'' / Caught off guard to make a wish fast, / Rudy chose pizza with no time to pass. / "I grant you your pizza," the cloud bellowed down, / and Rudy ate pizza alone in the ground.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rudy and the Beast (Derek the Ghost) - When an enchanted sheet of homework comes to life and literally eats his dog alive, eleven-year-old Rudy Berkman embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue his beloved beagle from a greater evil than he could ever imagine. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Rudy Helps Out (Jill L. Urban Donahue) - A boy spends the day helping mom clean the house. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rudy Learns to Fly (Rebecca Finn) - Poor Rudy the Reindeer is terrified of everything and never joins in the fun with his reindeer friends. He's even scared of snowmen! But when Santa sprinkles him with magic 'moon dust' to help him fly (it's not really magic of course - it's actually reindeer oats!) he realizes he can be brave after all. This is a sparkly, foily, festive treat with a fabulous reindeer press-out tree decoration on the last page. No stocking should be without this book! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Dandi Daley Mackall) - In 1932, Akron, Ohio was no better off than other parts of the country. Since Black Tuesday in 29, companies are closed, men all over the state are out of work, and families are running out of hope. Thirteen-year-old Rudy wants to help but doesnt know where to turn. His father, sullen and withdrawn, spends his time sulking on their front porch. His mother is desperate, not knowing how she will feed and care for her family. When Rudy learns of other boys leaving town and heading west to seek their fortunes, he hops a train figuring at least there will be one less mouth to feed at home. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Rudy the Runt (Renee Riva) - Little Rudy can’t imagine anything better than living in the Guatemala City Dump; a rodent’s paradise full of tasty treats, a Barbie mansion with a pool, and his own fire truck. Unfortunately, life isn’t so good for children living nearby in makeshift shacks. For kids like eleven-year-old Lupe, it’s all about survival. When the young Guatemalan girl rescues Rudy from the dump bully; a tomcat named Jigsaw, Rudy repays her kindness by finding treasures she can sell and trade for food. Rudy comes up with many clever and comical ways to outwit Jigsaw, who would like nothing better than to turn Rudy into a little mouse pull-a-part. Surfing, skurfing, and playing in a Calypso-go-go band, are only a few of the highlights on Rudy’s mercy mission beach get-a-way. All is well—until Jigsaw shows up on the scene. The discovery of a beach treasure could change everything for Lupe’s family. But can Rudy trick Jigsaw into helping him pull off the most important mission of his life? Based on a true story—kind of.

    Rudy Toot-Toot (Rick Daley) - Ready for a blast of laughing gas? Rudy Toot-Toot has a special power, almost like a super-hero: he can fart. It comes natural when you’re born on a bean farm. The problem is that Rudy can’t control the timing or the force behind his special gift. His farts get him into a lot of trouble at home and school, and after one monstrous blast scares all the Beanheads away from the Toot-Toot Family Bean Market, it’s up to Rudy to find a way to use his talent to lure the customers back before the bank takes away their home. This hilarious tale about self-control (and the lack thereof) will have readers young and old laughing out loud. They might even learn a thing or two along the way…Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Shoot for the Moon!: Lessons on Life from a Dog Named Rudy (Corinne Humphrey) - This charming gift book shares the wisdom of one very special dog who found a home and family in his own unique way. Inspired by the true story of Rudy, a troubled shelter dog who overcame the abuse and neglect he experienced as a puppy with the help and love of his owner, Corinne Humphrey, this inspirational book displays bold, graphic images of Rudy living life to the fullest and encouraging readers to do the same. Just like Rudy, kids will learn that they too can find a hero, take leaps—and shoot for the moon! Recommended for all ages.

    The Tao of Rudy (Corinne Humphrey) - Oh, for the love of Dog! Award-winning children's picture book, The Tao of Rudy celebrates the wisdom of Rudy, a rescued dog who has a lot to say about life, friendships and making your way in the world. Corinne Humphrey's bold whimsical paintings accompany Rudy's sage canine commentary: It Doesn t Matter What Kind of Dog You Are; You Can Create the Life You Want; Roll with It; and Find a Hero are just some of this mixed-breed's messages that appeal to children and adults alike. After being rescued from an abusive situation, Rudy was adopted out and returned multiple times over a three-year period, bouncing in and out of foster homes due to his challenging doggie issues. Corinne found him at an adoption center in Park City, Utah. Rudy is a diamond in the ruff. He makes me laugh, stretches my patience, inspires me and brings me much joy, says Corinne. It makes me wonder, who rescued whom? Recommended for all ages.

  • Famous People Named Rudy

    Famous People Named Rudy

    Famous People Named Rudy - Rudy Giuliani (NYC mayor); Rudolph “Rusy” Valentino (silent film actor); Rudolf Nureyev (ballet dancer); Rudy Vallée (singer/bandleader); Rudy Van Gelder (jazz recording engineer); Rudy Sarzo (bassist); Rudy Fernández (Spanish basketball player); Rudy Tomjanovich (basketball coach); Rodolfo "Rudy" Sandoval (baseball player); Rudy Abbott (baseball coach); Rudy Hernández (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rudy

    Children of Famous People Named Rudy

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Rudy - Jude Law (actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Rudy

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Rudy

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