Olafsen Family History
Olafsen Name Meaning
Norwegian and Danish: patronymic from the personal name Olaf from Old Norse Óláfr Ólafr variant Óleifr earlier Anleifr from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir descendant’. Olaf (also Olav in Sweden Olof) has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages in part as a result of the fame of Saint Olaf King of Norway who brought Christianity to his country c. 1030. This surname is rare in Denmark. Compare Olafson .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022