Origin of the name Olga

Russian form of Helga. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.

Name equivalents in different languages

cz: Helga, Helgina
de: Helga, Hella
en: Helga, Olga
fr: Olga
hu: Helga, Hella
li: Helga, Olga
pl: Olga
ru: Alenka, Alinona
sk: Olga, Olinka