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What does Olaf mean?

Olaf Pronunciation of Olaf [olaf] as a boys' name is pronounced OH-loff. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Olaf is "ancestor's relic". A royal name in Norway, and a saint's name. There was a king Olaf of Dublin in the 10th century. Novelist Ole Edvart Rolvaag.

Associated with: norse, saint.


Olaf has 9 variants: Ola, Olaff, Olav, Olave, Ole, Olin, Olle, Olof and Olov.

Creative forms:
(male) Oraf, Osaf, ..

(female) Olafa, Olor, ..

Middle name pairings:
Olaf Aspen (O.A.), ..

How popular is Olaf?

Olaf is an uncommon given name for men. Olaf is also a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Olaf reached its highest position of #478 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Olaf name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Olaf outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Olin (#1537 from current records), Olle, Olof, Ole and Ola are the popular varying forms of Olaf appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Olaf was widespread among parents during the years 1880-1889 (median #951) and has become significantly lower since (#1922, 90.7%), with versions like Ole becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Olaf, Ola, Ole, Olin, Olof in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Olle, Olof outside U.S.

Similar Names

Olaf is alike in pronunciation to Alouf, Aluf, Eilif, Elof and Eluf. Other suggested similar names are Asaf, Oak, Ohad, Oleg, Olen, Olyn, Omar, Oral, Oran, Orlan and Ota. These names tend to be more frequently used than Olaf.

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