Origins Available: English
The name Ralf is derived from the Old Norse given name Randolph, which itself comes from the Old German words, "rad," meaning "counsel," and "wolf," meaning "wolf."
Early Origins of the Ralf family
The surname Ralf was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It is thought that the name first arrived in Britain well before the Conquest, with Scandinavian settlers, and then bearers of the name also arrived with the Normans.
Early History of the Ralf family
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Ralf Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ralph, Rolph, Rolfe, Rafe, Raff, Ralf, Ralfe and others.
Early Notables of the Ralf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ralf family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Rolfe who settled in Virginia in 1623; along with James her husband, John and Thomas; Marcus Rolfe settled in New Jersey in 1773; Henry Rolfe settled in New England
Contemporary Notables of the name Ralf (post 1700)
- Ralf Waldmann (1966-2018), German Grand Prix motorcycle road racer who had 50 wins; he died from a suspected heart attack at the age of 51
- Ralf Bödeker (b. 1958), former German footballer
- Ralf Wienand (b. 1963), West German sprint canoer at the 1984 Summer Olympics
- Ralf Popken (b. 1962), German countertenor
- Ralf Salzmann (b. 1955), German former long-distance Olympic runner who competed in the 1980s
- Ralf Sonn (b. 1967), retired German high jumper
- Ralf Tyra (b. 1958), German Lutheran theologian and pastor
- Ralf Wolter (b. 1926), German actor who has appeared in almost 220 films and TV-series
- Ralf Winkler (b. 1939), German painter, printmaker and sculptor
- Ralf Little (b. 1980), English actor and comedian