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

The name Olaf is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "ancestor's relic". Olaf and is often added to lists like College Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Unusual Names - Boys - This or That".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Olaf

Olaf I Tryggvason, King of Norway
Saint Olaf II Haraldsson, King of Norway
Olaf III Haraldsson, King of Norway
Olaf I, King of Denmark
Olaf II Haakonsson, King of Denmark (also Olaf IV of Norway)
Olaf the White, viking sea-king
Olaf the Black, sea-king of the Isle of Man
Olaf Guthfrithsson, King of Dublin
Olaf Thon, German footballer
Olaf Hampel, German Olympic bobsledder
(William) Olaf Stapledon, English philosopher and novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Olaf

Count Olaf, villain in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Saint Olaf, oft-mentioned hometown of Rose Nylund on TV's "The Golden Girls"
Olaf, snowman in Disney's "Frozen"
Olaf, character in "Jungle Jam and Friends: The Radio Show!"
Olaf, the Berserker, character in PC game "League of Legends"
Olaf "the Stout," character in the video game series The Lost Vikings
Olaf the Troll, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Olaf, Snoopy's brother in the Peanuts series
Olaf Potato, character in British animated series "Small Potatoes"
Olaf Oddison, character in "Sims" series
Olaf the Smug Anteater, character in video game "Animal Crossing: New Leaf"

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)


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!