"ancestor's relic"

Olaf Origin and Meaning

The name Olaf is a boy's name of Scandinavian, Norse origin meaning "ancestor's relic".

Olaf, though sainted and regal in Norway, is slightly oafish here. It is one of those names that has become completely familiar in the U.S. without ever becoming 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.

# 1000 in the US

Olaf Rank in US Top 1000

Olaf Popularity

Famous People Named Olaf

  • Olaf IKing of Denmark
  • Olaf ThonGerman footballer
  • Olaf the Whiteviking sea,king
  • Olaf Zinkeformer speed skater
  • Olaf GuthfrithssonKing of Dublin
  • Olaf I TryggvasonKing of Norway
  • Olaf III HaraldssonKing of Norway
  • Saint Olaf II HaraldssonKing of Norway
  • Olaf the Blacksea,king of the Isle of Man
  • Olaf HampelGerman Olympic bobsledder
  • (William) Olaf StapledonEnglish philosopher and novelist
  • Olaf II HaakonssonKing of Denmark (also Olaf IV of Norway)

Olaf in Pop Culture

  • Count Olafvillain in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Saint Olafoft,mentioned hometown of Rose Nylund on TV's "The Golden Girls"
  • Olafsnowman in Disney's "Frozen"
  • Olafcharacter in "Jungle Jam and Friends: The Radio Show!"
  • Olafthe Berserker, character in PC game "League of Legends"
  • Olaf "the Stout" character in the video game series The Lost Vikings
  • Olaf the Trollcharacter on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • OlafSnoopy's brother in the Peanuts series
  • Olaf Potatocharacter in British animated series "Small Potatoes"
  • Olaf Oddisoncharacter in "Sims" series
  • Olaf the Smug Anteatercharacter in video game "Animal Crossing: New Leaf"