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Olov or Olof is a Swedish form of Olav/Olaf, meaning "ancestor's descendant".[1] A common short form of the name is Olle. The name may refer to:

  • Per-Olov Ahrén (1926–2004), Swedish clergyman, bishop of Lund from 1980 to 1992
  • Per-Olov Brasar (born 1950), retired professional ice hockey forward
  • Olof Gustafsson (born 1990), Swedish UX Designer
  • Olov Englund (born 1983), Swedish bandy player
  • Per Olov Enquist (born 1934), one of Sweden's internationally best known authors
  • Olle Hagnell (1924-2011), Swedish psychiatrist
  • Karl Olov Hedberg (1923–2007), botanist, taxonomist, author, professor at Uppsala University
  • Olle Hellbom (1925–1982), Swedish film director
  • Per Olov Jansson (born 1920), Finnish photographer
  • Olof Johansson (born 1937), Swedish politician
  • Per-Olov Kindgren (born 1956), Swedish musician, composer, guitarist and music teacher
  • Olov Lambatunga, Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden, 1198–1206
  • Sven-Olov Lawesson (1926–1988), Swedish chemist known for his popularization of Lawesson's reagent within the chemical community
  • Sven Olov Lindholm (1903–1998), Swedish Nazi leader, active in Swedish fascist organizations from the 1920s to the 1950s
  • Per-Olov Löwdin (1916–2000), Swedish physicist, professor at the University of Uppsala from 1960 to 1983
  • Olof Mellberg (born 1977), Swedish footballer
  • Olof Palme (1927–1986), Swedish Prime Minister 1969–1976 and 1982–1986
  • Olle Romo, musician
  • Olof Rudbeck (1630–1702), internationally known as Olaus Rudbeck (as he wrote his name like that in Latin), Swedish scientist
  • Sven-Olov Sjödelius (born 1933), Swedish sprint canoeist who competed from the early 1950s to the early 1960s
  • Olof Skötkonung (c. 980–1022), king of Sweden 995–1022
  • Olov Svebilius, Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden, 1681–1700
  • Olof Swartz (1760–1818), Swedish scientist
  • Olof Thorin (1912-2004), Swedish mathematician
  • Zhaleh Olov (born 1927), actress and dubbing artist
  • Olle Åhlund (1920–1996), Swedish footballer


  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Olov". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2010-05-18.