Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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!

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON OLGA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Polish

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

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Olga

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME OLGA

Popular Songs

ON OLGA

Olga
a song by Harry Belafonte

Ay ay Olga
a song by Black And White

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

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Olga

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME OLGA

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