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Origin and popularity of the name ROLFE


Rolfe : English: of Norman origin from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Rolf Roulf Rou Roul Rouf Rof. Its usual derivation is from Old Norse Hrólfr Rolf from ancient Germanic hrōd ‘fame renown’ + wulf ‘wolf’ and occasionally from ancient Germanic Rodulf of the same origin as Hrólfr (earlier Hróthúlfr) but in a West Frankish form which the Scandinavian Normans occasionally used. The name was also common in Normandy where it became Old French Roul Rou often Latinized as Rollo. See Ralph and compare Rowe Dow and Rowson.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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