Origin of the Name Rudolph
The ancient history of the name Rudolph
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Rudolph is a very ancient name of usually German origin and has a wide number of variants including Rudolf, Rotlauf, Roelof, Rolfe and Rolph. This name is taken from the Viking first name 'Hrodwulf', meaning a 'wolf of renown', probably assigned to a leader. From Germany the name spread to Denmark and The Netherlands and from there to England , America, Australia and the new world beyond. A coat of arms or family crest is an ancient and distinctive design the origin of which dates back over a millennium. Initially these armorial bearings were first used by feudal lords and warriors on the field of battle as a means of identification but later became extant among the general population. While some coats of arms refer to individuals others refer to groups of people who bear the same name. In modern times the name Rudolph and its variants are still mostly found in Europe.
The Rudolph coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Rudolph descendants.