Olav

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /olɑw/, [oˈlɑw], [oˈlɑwˀ]

Proper noun[edit]

Olav

  1. a male given name, variant of Olaf

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Óláfr, from Proto-Norse *ᚨᚾᚢᛚᚨᛁᛒᚨᛉ (*anulaibaz). Name of an 11th century king, the patron saint of Norway. Cognate with English Olaf.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Olav

  1. a male given name

Usage notes[edit]

  • Traditionally one of the most common names in Norway, also in the forms Ola and Ole.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken – Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, →ISBN
  • [1] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 15 774 males with the given name Olav living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1900s decade. Accessed on April 29th, 2011.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Olaf (learned borrowing from Ólafr)
  • Ola (pronunciation spelling)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse Óláfr, from Proto-Norse *ᚨᚾᚢᛚᚨᛁᛒᚨᛉ (*anulaibaʀ), from Proto-Germanic *Anulaibaz. Doublet of Oleiv and Olåv.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /¹uːlav/, [¹u̞ːˌlɐ̞ˑʋ], /²uːla(v)/, [²u̞ː.lɐ̞(ʋ)], [²u̞ː.ɽɐ̞(ʋ)]
  • (Setesdal) IPA(key): [²oɐː.lɐ̞ːʋ]

Proper noun[edit]

Olav m

  1. a male given name from Old Norse
    • 1848, Ludv. M. Lindeman, “Guten og Gjenta paa Fjøshjellen”, in Norske Viser og Stev i Folkesproget, page 30:
      Gjenta svarad’. / Olav! Kvarfor kom du intkje før paa Kvelden? / Længje eg paa deg har liggjid stonda;
      The girl answered. / Olav! Why didn’t you come earlier in the evening? / For a long time have I been waiting for you;
    • 1856, Ivar Aasen, Norske Ordsprog [Norwegian Idioms], page 239:
      Dat verd, naar han Sant-Olav kjem atter nordantil.
      It will be when Saint Olaf comes up north again. [i.e. it will never happen.]
    • 1862, Eirik M. Torvaldsson Sommer, Noregs Saga i Stuttmaal, elder Fortelning um dei største Tilburdarne med Nordmennerne og deira Tilstand i Noreg gjenom Forntidi til vaare Dagar:
      Ein Son etter Ingjald var Olav, han flydde med myket Folk vest etter til Skogen immillom Noreg og Sverike, der rudde han Skogen med Øks og Eld og bygde Landet;
      A son after Ingjald was Olav, he went with lots of people west to the forest between Norway and Sweden, where he cleared the forest with axe and fire and build the land;
    • 1882, Steinar Schjøtt, Norigs Soga: Til Heimelesning og Bruk fyr Lærarar, page 40:
      Denne Kongssonen var Olav, son til Kong Tryggve Olavsson og Sonesons Son hans Harald Haarfagre.
      This prince was Olaf, son of king Tryggvi Olafsson and great grandson of Harald Fairhair.
    • 2001, Toro (commercial):
      Olav, du må vakne; indianarane kjem.
      Olav, wake up; the Native Americans are coming.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Traditionally one of the most common names in Norway, also in the forms Ola and Ole. Also the name of the 11th-century king and patron saint of Norway, Heilag-Olav (Saint Olaf).

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