Of Old Norse origin.
Russian variant of the name Helga.
From the Proto-Norse *hailaga, meaning “holy”.
St. Olga was a Russian princess. She was the first female ruler in Russia, widow of Igor I, Prince of Kiev. She adopted Orthodox Christianity in 957 in Constantinople.
The masculine form of the name is Oleg.
Numerous members of Russian royalty were bearers of the name Olga.
Other forms of the name are Helga, Elga, Olya, Olina, Helsa, Aila, Laila.
Olga was ranked #56 in Poland (2015). Olga was into the U.S.A. top-1000 popularity list until 1996. It was ranked #328 in 1951.
Famous bearers are Olga Kurylenko, Olga Kern, Olga Fonda, Olga Fedori, Olga Guillot, Olga Korbut, Olga Seryabkina, Olga Tanón, Olga Boznańska, Olga Savchuk, Olga Govortsova, Olga Rodionova.