Origin of the name ROLF.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ROLF.
German form of Old Norse Hrólfr
(q.v.), meaning "famous wolf." English Rolph.
(History of Christian
Names, Yonge, 1884). Usage: England, Germany, Sweden.
... We see that some years
later the Norwegian king Eric attempted to get together an expedition to
this new land under the so-called Landa-Rolf, who was sent to
Iceland for the purpose in 1289. In 1290 Rolf went about
Iceland, inviting people to join the Newland expedition; but it is
uncertain whether it ever came to anything, and in 1295 Landa-Rolf
died. All this points to the east coast of Greenland having been
little known at that time, otherwise a landing there could not be spoken
of as the discovery of a new land; and it is not easy to see why the
king should send Rolf to Iceland to get up an expedition to a
country which, as they must have been aware, was closed by ice for the
greater part of the year. (In Northern Mists, Nansen, 1911)