This name derives from the Old High German name “Bardolf”, composed of two elements: “*badwo” (battle, fight) plus “*-wulfaz” (wolf). William Bardolf, 4th Baron Bardolf, of Wormegay, Norfolk and 3rd Baron Damory (1349–1386) was an extensive landowner in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, and Surrey. He was the son of John Bardolf, 3rd Baron Bardolf, and Hon. Bardolph is a fictional character who appears in four plays by William Shakespeare. He is a thief who forms part of the entourage of Sir John Falstaff.