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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Holy

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Olga

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Olga in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Olga:

  • Records indicate that 58,789 girls in the United States have been named Olga since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 1,691 people in the U.S. were given the name Olga. Those people are now 98 years old.

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    Comments about the name Olga

    61% Approval Rating
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      11 Positive Comments

  • "I for one have had terrible nicknames but i love my name because naturally it is beautiful. Also i was named after my grandmother who i love and my mom says that every olga she has ever met has a kind and strong personality." Aug. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mane is Olga. I agree that in English it sounds harsh (unfortunately). It happens because soft "l" is difficult to pronounce for those people whose native language is English. However some people who really try and want to get it right are able to pronounce it softer. When I introduce myself I always use soft "l" and never say it in "English" way. People seem to like it the way I pronounce my name. People who say that it's an ugly name have never heard the real "soft" version of it." Mar. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you say OLLLLLL -GAAAA then sure it might sound bad, but that's not how it is supposed to be pronounced. The l isn't meant to be exaggerated like oooolllllddddd, but a mere flip of the tongue to sound sophisticated. Plus, only a super strong illustrious child can pull of that name, and who knows.. a famous Ol'ga could change everyone's perspective on the name." Jun. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate


  • ""EVERY name is a beautiful name! It is SOMEBODY'S name. Stop that envy and negativity. What makes you think that your name is better? How about ELVIS? HE make the name to sound good.Was Elvis considered good name before Elvis??? Ha! What about Opra?"" Jul. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "To all native English language speakers, who think this name is ugly: it's your pronunciation that makes the name Olga sound not beautiful :(. All other European language speakers are able to pronounce it correctly - "Ol'ga" with soft "l", and it sounds wonderful and majestic. No wonder, as it was the name of the first Russian Queen. This is the most Russian name, though it was adapted from men's viking's name Oleg. As I don't like to be called by Americans "Ol-ga" (in Russia only little children with speech disabilities would pronounce it this way), I ask them to call me "Olya", by they can't manage this either. Most of them say "Ola". I respect your language and your pronounciation, but expect you to respect my name in return (especially when you can't repeat it correctly). Or if you like to make everything around yourself beautiful, why don't you learn how to pronounce it correctly? ;)" Jun. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "EVERY name is a beautiful name! It is SOMEBODY'S name. Stop that envy and negativity. What makes you think that your name is better? How about ELVIS? HE make the name to sound good.Was Elvis considered good name before Elvis? Ha! What about Opra?" Mar. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! So exotic, so sophisticated, so elegant, so pretty..." Mar. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Olga is a beautiful name and it grows on you if you're an English speaker. I think it means "holy" in Russian." Nov. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I disliked my name as a child, while in grammer school, because the kids would make fun of my name. Then I decided to like my name. Just by doing that, it changed my whole being as a person. My name was and continues to be misspelled and mispronounced to this day. They say, "Alga", A"ll-ga", "Ugla", and even spell it worst then they say it! I'm even called, Yolanda and Gloria, because they think that is what they heard! I am Mexican-American. The name Olga is very popular in Mexico, even though the origin is Scandinavian. Olga is a beautiful name, as well as all the Olga's out there!" May. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Some might think that this is an ugly and maculine sounding name. But before you mark it off your list you might want to know this. Olga has been the name of many admirable girls. Especially the first daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia. Olga was a beautiful and highly intelligent young girl who endured many hardships in her short life just for being born. She was an exellent piano player, had a beautiful singing voice, had a talent with painting,wrote amazing poetry, and loved her family. She was a talented young lady with a lot to offer the world, but World War I interrupted her life and she became a nurse with her sister and mother. Then she and her family were held as prisoners of war. She got extremely depressed, but never gave up hope of being rescued. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna Romanova was executed with her family at the age of twenty-two in a cellar room." Aug. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "This name is very ugly. It even sounds a bit like "ugly"." Jun. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "AN EXTREMELY UGLY NAME. it sounds masculine and it reminds me of a 6 foot lady with a giant mole on her face." Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has got to be in the top 100 most awful names, no matter your background. It's harsh sounding, old, not pretty or soft, feminine, nothing." Oct. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "horrible! sounds like a woman standing 6 ft tall with a horn hat married to a viking" Jan. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its an ugly name, regardless of how nice the people are who have it." Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I read the previous post, and I'm afraid to say, no matter how you try to dress it up, it's still an ugly name :-(" Jun. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is one of the ugliest names I have ever heard! Sorry to those who like it but it sounds like a witch." Apr. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Olga and since I've moved to the US I've definitely grown to dislike it quite a bit. I was teased a lot as a kid, people would call me "ogre". It definitely wasn't pleasant. The name sounds better in Russian, in my opinion, and it has a lot of cute nicknames too. With English it's just.. "Olga", nothing cute." Jul. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's awesome. Yes Americans butcher it but hey it's quirky!" Oct. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think is beautifull. My friend?s name Olga. She is a nice person." Jul. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It reminds me of the blonde girl off of the kids show hey arnold!" Aug. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate


  • "Olga, Myrtle, Pansy, Mavis, Elsie, Phyllis, who needs ANY of them (let alone their male counterparts Arthur, Harold, or Albert)? Basically, they're all UGLY names, even though I don't mean to offend various people (usually old ones) bearing them." Jul. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name sounds so much better when Russian or Spanish speakers pronounce it with soft L. I very much dislike how English speakers pronounce it, which makes it sounds very harsh. I am using my nick name Olya, which sounds much softer, and closer sounding to it's meaning "holy". I love my nickname, even though I have to spell it out each time I introduce myself; and I like how my official name sounds with soft L." Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Olga was the name of the eldest daughter and child of Tsar Nicholas II Romanov. Born 1895 Died 1918 from being executed." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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