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What does Olaff mean?

Olaff Pronunciation of Olaff [olaff] as a boys' name is of Old Norse derivation, and the name Olaff means "ancestor's relic". Olaff is an alternate form of Olaf (Old Norse): a royal name in Norway.

Associated with: norse.


Olaff has 1 variant: Olof.

7 more different relations via Olaf: Ola, Olav, Olave, Ole, Olin, Olle and Olov.

Creative forms:
(male) Osaff, Otaff, ..

(female) Olaan, Olaffi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Olaff Edmond (O.E.), ..

How popular is Olaff?

Olaff is an unusual first name for males. Olaff is an equally uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Olaff (outside Top 2000) are Ola, Olaf, Ole, Olin (#1537 via latest list), Olle and Olof. Other variants, like Olave, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Olaff was well-received a century ago (median #951) and is now significantly lower (#1922, 91%). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Olaff is alike in pronunciation to Alouf, Aluf, Elof and Eluf. Other recommended names are Cliff, Clyff and Raff. These names tend to be more commonly used than Olaff.

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