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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.


Olav has 2 variants: Olave and Olov.

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

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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.