What does Olav mean?
Olav /olav/ as a boys' name is of Old Norse derivation, and the meaning of Olav is "ancestor's relic". Olav is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -v, of Olaf (Old Norse): a royal name in Norway.
Associated with: norse.
(male) Orav, Otav, ..
(female) Olava, Olophi, ..
How popular is Olav?
Olav is a rare first name for men. Olav is an equivalently rare last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Popular alternative forms of Olav (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Olin (#1761 the previous year), Olle, Olof, Ole, Olaf and Ola. Other forms, like Olaff, are uncommon. These forms of Olav reached the apex of their popularity in the 1880s (adoption of 0.06%) and are now much less widespread, with versions like Olin falling out of fashion. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Olav and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)