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What does Olav mean?

Olav Pronunciation of 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 of Olaf (Old Norse): a royal name in Norway.

Associated with: norse.


Olav has 2 variants: Olave and Olov.

6 more relations via Olaf: Ola, Olaff, Ole, Olin, Olle and Olof.

Creative forms:
(male) Orav, Otav, ..

(female) Olava, Olophi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Olav Porter (O.P.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Olav (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Olin (#1537 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 (adoption 0.01%, 90.7% less), with versions like Olin falling out of fashion. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

Olav is alike in pronunciation to Elov. Other recommended names are Oak, Ohad, Oleg, Olen, Olyn, Omar, Oral, Oran, Orlan, Orv and Ota. These names tend to be more commonly used than Olav.

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