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Ólafur is a common name in Iceland, derived from the Old Norse Óláfr, meaning "ancestor's relic".

According to Icelandic custom, people are generally referred to by first and middle names and patronyms are used if disambiguation is required.

The name is a frequently given name in Iceland. In 2005, it was the fifth most common male given name after Gunnar and before Einar.[1]

Notable Icelanders named Ólafur[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Iceland