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PronouncedPron.O-laf German
O-lahf Dutch
AW-laf Polish

Meaning & History

From the Old Norse name Áleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant", derived from the elements anu "ancestor" and leifr "descendant". This was the name of five kings of Norway, including Saint Olaf (Olaf II).
VariantsOlav Norwegian Olav, Oluf Danish
DiminutivesOla, Ole Norwegian Ole Danish
Other Languages & CulturesÁleifr Ancient Scandinavian Olavi, Olev Estonian Ólavur Faroese Olavi, Uolevi, Olli Finnish Ólafur Icelandic Amhlaoibh Irish Olavo Portuguese Amhlaidh, Aulay Scottish Olof, Olov, Ola, Olle Swedish
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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute