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Rolf Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Rolf, composed of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’. This name was especially popular among Nordic peoples in the contracted form Hrólfr, and seems to have reached England by two separate channels; partly through its use among pre-Conquest Scandinavian settlers, partly through its popularity among the Normans, who, however, generally used the form Rou(l) (see Rollo). North German: from a personal name, a contracted form of Rudolf, cognate with 1.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Nolf, Roll, Wolf, Relf, Roof, Rohlf, Rock, Self, Roed, Kroll

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Where is the Rolf family from?

You can see how Rolf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rolf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rolf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Rolf families living in Maine. This was about 40% of all the recorded Rolf's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Rolf families in 1840.
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What did your Rolf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rolf. 32% of Rolf men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Rolf women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rolf were Machinist and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Rolf. For the veterans among your Rolf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rolf lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rolf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rolf in 1944 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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