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Gender: M Meaning of Olaf: "ancestor's relic" Origin of Olaf: Norse

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Olaf, though sainted and regal in Norway, is slightly oafish here. It is one of those ethnic names that has become completely familiar in the U.S. without ever becomng assimilated. Now that he's a comical character in Disney's Frozen, he might get some more attention.

Olaf's solid Scandinavian history includes various kings of Norway, from the eleventh century St. Olaf (often mentioned by the Betty White character on Golden Girls) to the recent Olaf V.

Famous People Named Olaf

Pop Culture References for the Name Olaf

Count Olaf, main villain in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Saint Olaf, the oft-mentioned hometown of Rose Nylund on the television show The Golden Girls
Olaf, the living snowman from the Disney movie Frozen

Olaff, Olan, Olave, Olef, Olev, Olin

Olaf's International Variations

Olavi (Finnish) Olafur (Icelandic) Auliffe, Auley (Irish) Olay, Olav, Ole (Norwegian) Olof, Oluf, Olov (Swedish)