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What does Ole mean?

Ole Pronunciation of Ole [ole] as a boys' name is of Old Norse origin, and the name Ole means "ancestor's relic". Ole is a variant form of Olaf (Old Norse): a royal name in Norway.

Associated with: norse.


Ole has 1 variant: Olle.

7 more related forms via Olaf: Ola, Olaff, Olav, Olave, Olin, Olof and Olov.

Creative forms:
(male) Ore, Orle, ..

(female) Oleon, Olole, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ole Emerson (O.E.), ..

How popular is Ole?

Ole is an uncommon first name for men but a somewhat popular last name for both adults and children (#118236 out of 150436, Top 79%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ole reached its apex rank of #301 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Olin (#1537 from current records), Olle, Olof, Olaf and Ola are the popular variation forms of Ole. These relations of Ole were popular as birth names a century ago (adoption of 0.1%) and have become significantly less common since.

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

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

Similar Names

Ole is alike in pronunciation to Al, Ull, Wil, Will, Wole, Yael, Yale, Yoel and Yule. Other recommended names are Oleg and Olen. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ole.

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