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

Olaf Origin and Meaning

The name Olaf is a boy's name of 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.

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Famous People Named Olaf

Pop Culture References for the name Olaf

Olan, Olef, Olin, Olev, Olaff, Olave

Olaf's International Variations

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


penelope_lynson Says:


To me, it’s the evil Count.

Ella Says:


Do you wanna build a snowman?

autumnreverie Says:


I love the meaning (ancestor's descendant) but not the name itself.

mabespark Says:


This has a cool meaning, but I think it'll be a couple years before the snowman association wears off.

raevynstar Says:


I like the book series, so this name is almost all Count to me.......Oh well, it's still such a cool name!