Olga Name Meaning & Origin

Olga

Pronunciation: OHL-gə (key)

Origin of the name Olga:

Feminine form of Oleg (holy), a name derived from the Scandinavian Helgi, which has its root in the Old Norse heill (hale, hearty; blessed, holy).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Olya

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My name is Olga, originally I'm from the former Republic of the USSR. This name was very popular in 80s like Yulia, Natalia, Yekaterina, Yelena and sm others. In 2010 it's not popular for baby girls in Russia at all.
In childhood being around 5 more Olgas I wanted a different name, but now when I moved to the USA I LOVE it. It's very international and easy to pronounce for all my friends in Europe and the USA , though they make letter "L" too storng - it should be "L'" like in spanish word "llamar".
I'm a smart and very happy woman. My life is filled with wonderful unexpected things and I enjoy being Olga. Despite the fact that the name may sound kinda masculine to Americans I'm very tender person and femminine, for Russians it sounds proud :)
My parents and friends call me: Olya, Olechka, Olushka {o-lue-shka}, Olchik, Lyala. Ol'ka is more like a nickname to me, but from sm people it sounds really nice.

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I may be on the younger side, but the name Olga doesn't give me too many negative connotations. This is probably because the only aunt (and the closest person to a grandmother who I have ever known) is an Olga. Granted, she's almost 70, and her English can be rough around the edges at times (she didn't learn any English until she was a teenaged immigrant on American soil), so the name might come off as a little old and frumpy, but not nearly as bad as it seems to others. She's a far cry from the "cool aunt" that I wished I had growing up, but she's a really sweet lady nonetheless.

Interesting sidenote: those traditional Eastern European nicknames for Olga are pretty unfamiliar to me. Since my aunt was born in Argentina, she gets Olgita a lot from my dad (her baby brother). Or if my dad is feeling particularly authentic, he will pronounce Olga in its Ukrainian form; since the Ukrainian-language "G" is so weak, it can sound like "Olha" to the untrained ear.

Reminds me of "ogre" every time I hear it.

Personal experiences with the name Olga: | Edit

Olga is a brand of lingerie.
People would tease me and call me orca that whale. Or oger from shrek.

Nicknames for Olga: | Edit

Olya, Olly, Olguis, Olguita
Olen'ka, Olechka, Olushka, Lyala

Meanings and history of the name Olga: | Edit

From Old Norse, meaning "holy"

Famous real-life people named Olga: | Edit

Olga Nikolaevna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia (1895-1918)
Olga Guillot, singer
Olga Breeskin, TV hostess
Olga Korbut, gymnast
Olga Kurylenko, Ukrainian/French actress
Olga Tanon, Latin singer

Olga in song, story & screen: | Edit

Olga Pataki, Helga's sister on Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!
Olga Larina, Tatiana's sister in Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin"

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