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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Adolf
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Adolf in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Adolf:
Records indicate that 525 boys in the United States have been named Adolf since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 56 people in the U.S. were given the name Adolf. Those people are now 101 years old.
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Comments about the name Adolf
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13 Positive Comments
"I think it's a wonderful, strong name. I actually plan to name my son this." Sep. 29, 2018:
"Great name! In the peace years newlyweds were given very large government loans and a quarter was taken off for every child. Instead of importing the third world.. This is what you do when you love your country." Mar. 17, 2018:
"I'm called Adolphus so the guys at work call me Adolf, it's ok once you get used to it, can't imagine being called anything else." Apr. 29, 2017:
"I think the name Adolf is a wonderful unique name. If I had a son I would name him Adolf" Jul. 31, 2013:
"i like the name adolf i would never name a kid adolf but it is a nice name" Feb. 20, 2011:
"I can't wait for my daughter to be born so I can call her Adolf." Sep. 8, 2009:
"I think it's a lovely name, only that it was once borne by a monster. The name means "noble, majestic"-- who wouldn't wwant their child to be noble and majestic? A name's powerful, but the individual who bears that name will show the world what it means.
As other reviewers have commented, many people still use names of murderers- Henry (like the gluttonous Henry VIII), Mohammad (e.g. Mohammad Pahlavi) , Kim
(as in Kim Jong-Il), Josef (e.g. Stalin)...
Not that we should forget history of course." Apr. 13, 2009:
"I agree, just because one man's actions were bad. Doesn't mean the name isn't an ok name. I mean after all the name doens't make the man, right?" Mar. 16, 2009:
"I personally don't mind the name Adolf/Adolph. I bought a parrot a year or 2 ago and named him Adolf. I just like the name. If you want to associate names with horrible history then that's your deal. But as said above, then Jack and Charles should be banned. Hell, I don't like what George Bush did to our country so now I don't like the name George. I agree Adolf Hitler himself did some HORRIBLE things and I'd hope it never happens again... but I do have to give the guy credit. He came from nothing, had a plan and accomplished it... that's more than most Americans or anyone for that matter can say happened in their lives.
Lets seperate the present from the past. Not forget about the past, but let it be the past and move on with ourselves." Jan. 23, 2009:
"Hurray for April 12 2007 and Mar 10 2007. Other names are associated with horror, Charles Manson, Jack the Ripper, Paul Bernardo, and many other murderers and unfortunately many more will probably come. Why have those names not been banned? I wonder, is Adolf still popular in Germany or Austria? Maybe our aversion to this name over here has more to do with hatred and predjudice than Adolf himself; who was indeed a horrible man." Jul. 14, 2007:
"No names should ever be banned or forgotten simply because of an individual's actions, no matter how horrid the consequences were. All names are beautiful, and their purpose was to give an individual an 'identity'. Hitler's action, to me, has not tained the name 'Adolf' in the most malevolent style. Hitler does not deserve to be called Adolf, as he is arguably the most disgusting abomination on the planet, dead or alive." Apr. 12, 2007:
"I think this is a pretty good name, but I always wonder: Why no-one has seemed to be called it since the 1940s?" Jun. 8, 2006:
"I've known three Adolfs. The first was my grandfather. Being a first generation American of Slavic descent, he bore it stoicly. The others, however, have employed obfuscation. One prefers 'Ade' and the other 'Dolph.' While a solid and honorable name, it has been sullied and fallen into disrepute." Jan. 2, 2006:
10 Negative Comments
"Just a thumbs down because my dad is German (mom is Filipina) and I have a great grandfather named Adolph and I think it's a cool name. The fact it's been so polarized by a stupid evil man with a dumb mustache is just ridiculous... I mean people still name their kids Joseph all the time. And Stalin was arguably as bad if not worse than Hitler in regards to how many people he killed." Jan. 21, 2018:
"The anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, misogamy, and enthocentlrism on this website disturbs me." Oct. 15, 2017:
"I would never burden a child with a name that is associated with a criminal / monster because children will have plenty of problems growing up and the additional burden isn't needed. Some names I wouldn't consider are : Adolf, Charles, Vadimer, Napolean, Atilla, and Very recently Donald." Jun. 4, 2017:
"I've never heard of the name before but it sounds like this Hitler chap divides opinion somewhat." Apr. 14, 2016:
"Well, I wouldn't name my kid Adolph. (Wouldn't name them Osama or even Barrack for the same reason: too controversial.) Wouldn't name my dog Adolph. The Hitler reminder is bad, but the meat tenderizer reference would haunt me." Jun. 30, 2015:
"I would never give my child the name of the most hated dictator in modern history. Adolf is a a name synonyms with evil. Not every single Adolf in the world is evil of course, however the name is famous because of Hitler which isn't something a kid would be proud of. Also Jul 14, 2007 here's the difference between Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler. Was Charles Manson the dictator of a country and execute 6 million miniorities, that comparision is just stupid." May. 7, 2010:
"Fortunately there are still people that are willing to accept that historical events have lasting effects, and for good reason. The lack of discretion by so many in today's society only shows just how many fools there are in this world." Nov. 13, 2009:
"Wow, Charles Manson and Jack the Ripper would probably love to be compared to Adolph Hitler who killed millions of people when they only killed dozens. I hardly think the two are comparable." Dec. 12, 2008:
"I think this one's obviously not a good name anymore." Jan. 23, 2006:
"I would never name my child Adolf. Adolf Hitler has distroyed this name and it should be banned." Dec. 3, 2005:
11 Neutral Comments
"A century ago, this was often a Jewish boy's name - think Adolph Zukor (early Hollywood mogul) and Adolph "Chico" Marx (one of the Marx brothers). Then the comparatively gentile (or "goyishe", to use the Jewish term for non-Jews) known as Hitler came along and ruined it. Hmm...two nice Jewish boys and one nasty gentile sharing a forename like this one!" Feb. 5, 2019:
"I named all 7 of my children Adolf, my family are enthusiastic Nazi's. We worship are great leader. Adolf Hitler." Oct. 18, 2018:
"I've named all of my three children Adolf, it seems like my daughter has gotten a better reception from her peers than my sons have. Whenever the next surprise happens will definitely still name the child Adolf" Dec. 28, 2017:
"Also borne by early Hollywood mogul Adolph Zukor and composer Adolph Green - both Jewish, BTW. The German-born British scientist Dr. Hans Adolf Krebs was also Jewish." Apr. 23, 2017:
"It's a nice historical name, but I would never name my child Napoleon, Benito or Maximilian niether." Apr. 12, 2013:
"I named all three of my sons Adolf. I laugh everyday." Dec. 1, 2012:
"The fact that a horrible man owned this name has forever ruined it for others. If a white boy for example was named Adolf, then his classmates learn in school about the Nazis, he would get picked on, and could even be at the end of a horrible hate crime. This could ruin the child's life. I would never name my child this. Even if the parents are not racist and just liked the name, others will not know that. And this could backfire in the parent's faces as well in the form of vandalism, threats, and much worse crimes." Aug. 5, 2010:
"Charles and Jack are pretty common names and not only associated with a specific history icon. It would be more appropriate to correlate Napoleon as a name. Still, I agree, banning anything as a name wouldn't be realistic. I say, go ahead and use the name Voldamort... take away its power. Although... I'm not making my kid be the burdon bearer in that. :)" Jan. 15, 2009:
"Banning a name like this would be worse than ever using it again. It would be like sweeping history under the rug and trying to forget the tragedys one man caused an entire race. You cant just shrug off history. It may not resurface for a very long time, but it will be fashionable again. It has a stronger meaning than what people are afraid of." Apr. 20, 2008:
"they call me rouldolph but i would lilke to be called myspace but my dumb parents dont have a clues about whats cool im also a stripper and my code name is hector" May. 30, 2007:
"I was elected a mayor using the name Adolf in 1992. While it is associated with unspeakable horror, in the hands of others it has produced lasting good. The name has always made me look for the good in people and for the best in any situation. Evil has many names." Mar. 10, 2007:
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