This name is of Germanic origin, composed of two elements: “*aþalaz” (noble, nobleman, aristocratic, eminent, glorious, excellent) plus “*-wulfaz” (wolf). In turn the name means “noble wolf”. Adolf, also spelled Adolph and sometimes Latinized to Adolphus, is a given name used in German-speaking countries. Adolf was a common name for newborn babies in German-speaking countries in the 19th century and early 20th century until the end of World War II. Due to the stigma with the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, the name "Adolf" is now rarely given as a forename to males. The name is still common among now-elderly people. Adolf Dassler, the founder of Adidas. Adolf (or Adolph) (~1255–1298) was the King of Germany from 1292 until 1298. Though his title in his lifetime was Rex Romanorum (King of the Romans), he is usually known as Adolf of Nassau. He was never crowned by the Pope, which would have secured him the title of Holy Roman Emperor. He was the second in the succession of so-called count-kings.