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Olaf or Olav (/ˈləf/, /ˈlɑːf/, or British /ˈlæf/; Old Norse: Ólafr, Ōleifr, Anleifr; Old English: Ǣlāf, Anlāf) is a Germanic name of Proto-Germanic origin, meaning "ancestor's heirloom".

In Norwegian, Olav is the most common form of the name. The corresponding Old Novgorod dialect form is Uleb. The Swedish form is Olov or Olof. The name was borrowed into Old Irish and Scots spelled Amlaíb and "Amhlaoibh"—see Mac Amhlaoibh and Mac Amhalghaidh (Irish septs)

It may also refer to:



Norse-Gaelic: Not all the following were strictly Norse-Gaels, but simply share one of the most common Norse-Gaelic names.

Of Mann and the Isles:

  • Olaf I of Mann, also called Olaf Godredsson (c. 1080–1153)
  • Olaf II the Black, also called Olaf Godredsson (1173/4–1237), King of Mann and the Isles 1229–1237.


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