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Scandinavian: from an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements anu ‘ancestor’ + leifr ‘heir, descendant’. St Olaf, King of Norway (995–1030), aided the spread of Christianity in his kingdom. The name was introduced to Britain before the Norman Conquest, but modern use as a given name in the English-speaking world originated in America, where it was taken by recent Scandinavian immigrants.
6,257th in the U.S.

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Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
2,475
to be exact
North Dakota
has the most people named Olaf per capita
1916
marked the height of its popularity
0%
100%
22%
55+
49%
30-54
13%
13-29
16%
0-12

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