Girl Baby Name

Olga

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Quick Facts on Olga

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Polish, Russian, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
OL-gah
Simple meaning:
Holy (blessed); the sacred one

Characteristics of Olga

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Olga

Olga is the Russian form of Helga. Helga developed as the female form of Helgi, an Old Norse masculine name from “heilagr” meaning “blessed, holy” or “the sacred one”. Helgi is a name borne from ancient Norse mythology in the form of a couple different heroes (see literary references below to understand the importance of Helgi in Norse tradition). It was the Nordic Vikings who brought the name Helgi/Helga to the Slavic people; a specific group of Vikings (the Varangians) would play a large role in the 8th century formation of the Rus' people, the early precursor state of what would later become the Russian Empire. The Nordic Helgi and Helga were transformed into Oleg and Olga by the Eastern Slavs as evidenced by the ruler of all the Rus’ people, Oleg of Novgorod, who formed Kievan Rus’ in the late 9th century. More importantly, however, was Saint Olga, a 10th century Rus’ Regent ruler (the Grand Princess of Kiev) for 15 years after her husband died. She is notable because she was the first Rus’ ruler to convert to Christianity, after which she did everything in her power to convert all her subjects. She has always been a highly venerated saint in Russian tradition so it’s no surprise the name Olga became so common among Russian women. Olga (Ольга) is still the 3rd most popular baby girls name in Russia today!

Popularity of the Name Olga

Although Olga has never been popular enough to make America’s Top 100 list, we were still surprised to see her respectable usage back at the turn of the 20th century. The high point of Olga’s usage came in 1916 when she was the 126th most popular baby girl’s name nationwide. This was most likely influenced by Russian immigrants to the United States. As the decades persisted into the 20th century, Olga slowly fell from favor. The last time Olga made an appearance on America’s Top 1000 list was in 1996. Today the name isn’t even given to 100 baby girls anymore. Considered a little too outdated and harsh sounding by today’s naming styles, old Olga has gone by the wayside.
Popularity of the Girl Name Olga
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Olga

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Olga

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Olga

    Helgi (Norse Mythology) Helgi Hjörvarðsson was the son of a Norwegian king, Hjörvarðr, and his fourth wife Sigrlinn, considered the most beautiful woman of all the land. Because she was so lovely, many kings of the land had designs on the girl, but her father refused to betroth her to any of them. Another king attempted to take Sigrlinn by force after killing her father (King Sváfnir), but Hjörvarðr was able to rescue her from hiding and return with her to his own kingdom. Their son was born without a name. When this boy grew to be a man, he spotted the most beautiful Valkyrie named Sváfa riding her horse (in Norse mythology, the Valkyries were horseback handmaids of Odin who escorted the slain heroes to Valhalla). It was Sváfa who gave the young man the gift of a name; she called him Helgi (the sacred one). She also told Helgi where to find a magical sword to assist him in battle, as he intended to avenge his grandfather’s death (King Sváfnir, his mother’s father) who had been killed by one of his mother’s former suitors. Helgi was successful in this quest and became renowned in the land. In honor of his heroic feats, Helgi was granted Sváfa’s hand in marriage by her father. As the story progresses, Helgi is killed in battle by the son of the king he had killed earlier (in Norse mythology, heroic men were always avenging the slaying of some family member). As Helgi lay dying on the battleground, he sent a messenger for Sváfa so that he could say his final good-byes to his true love. The end? Not quite. Helgi and Sváfa would be reborn as another hero (Helgi Hundingsbane) and another Valkyrie (Sigrún) so the saga continues… Helgi Hundingsbane avenged his father by slaying the Saxon King Hunding (hence his name Hunding’s bane). Impressed by his brave feats, a beautiful Valkyrie named Sigrún fell in love with Helgi and he with her. Unfortunately Sigrún had been betrothed to another man (Hothbrodd) so Helgi does what any good Norseman would do: he instigates an all-out war against his would-be rival and all of Sigrún’s family (for arranging the undesirable marriage in the first place). Helgi was victorious in battle; all of his opponents die. Only one family member survived, Sigrún’s brother Dagr, who must immediately pledge allegiance to Helgi. Helgi and Sigrún are free to marry now and they produce several sons. Happily ever after? Not quite. Remember, this is Norse mythology and someone is always avenging someone else. This time it’s Dagr who wants to kill Helgi (to avenge his own father). Odin, the Norse grand-poobah of all gods, lends Dagr a sword for the dirty deed and Helgi is at once slain. Grief-stricken Sigrún curses her brother for killing her beloved husband; Dagr flees into the woods where he lives off the flesh of dead, rotting animals for the rest of his life. In the meantime, Helgi retires in comfort to Vahalla (where all the slain heroes are sent after death in battle). Back on earth, Sigrún builds a burial mound in his honor where the two passionately rendezvous for one last time.

  • Popular Songs on Olga

    Popular Songs on Olga

    Ay ay Olga - a song by Black And White

    Olga - a song by Harry Belafonte

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Olga

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Olga

    Olga Carries on (Michael Bond) - There are new arrivals in the Sawdust family and Olga is very keen to meet them. Who are the mysterious creatures living in a palace upstairs in the bedroom? It isn't long before Olga finds out - and the lucky newcomers are just in time to hear her very first poetry recital! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Olga the Brolga (Rod Clement) - Olga the brolga is in a terrible mood. She desperately wants to dance-but no one will dance with her. Her parents have other things to do, Ellie the crocodile doesn't feel like jumping around and Joanna Jacana only wants to sleep. As for Lilly the long-neck, well, she's a bit grumpy, too! So Olga decides to dance by herself; and when she does, something absolutely wonderful happens… Olga the Brolga is an exquisitely illustrated story with an endearing main character who teaches children the value of being an individual. It is a tale that will delight children and adults alike. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Olga's Cats: An ABC Book (Colette Anjou) - Children and adults alike will enjoy the rollicking antics of Olga's wacky felines in this ABC book. Each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a different amusing, quirky cat. There's no better way to learn -- or simply enjoy -- the alphabet! Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Olga

    Famous People Named Olga

    Famous People Named Olga - Olga Korbut (Soviet-Belarusian gymnast); Saint Olga (10th century Russian saint); Olga Govortsova (Belarusian tennis player); Olga Savchuk (Ukrainian tennis player); Olga Constantinovna of Russia (Queen Consort of the Hellenes); Olga Puchkova (Russian tennis player); Olga Tañón (Puerto Rican singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Olga

    Children of Famous People Named Olga

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Olga - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Olga.

  • Historic Figures

    Olga - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Olga - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Olga.

Personality of the Girl Name Olga

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Olga

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