Any hope for Olga?

I have been musing on [name_f]Olga[/name_f] recently after reading a book with a character named [name_f]Olga[/name_f]. With a little thought, I realized [name_f]Olga[/name_f] is among the great-grandma names (most popular in the 1880s-1920s) that have come back with such a vengeance the last few years. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you think there is any hope for a researgance of [name_f]Olga[/name_f]? It is currently siting outside the top 1000 and has been for a few decades.

I know [name_f]Olga[/name_f] has a reputation as an “ugly” name - but after thinking a bit I can’t see why! The sound is pleasing, the name looks good on paper, it is a nice highly international name that works in many languages.

I added it to my list, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to get my husband on board but I will try!

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I actually quite like it! It’s clunky but I feel like clunky names are in style now.

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I kind of like it :woman_shrugging: It gives me the vibes of [name_f]Agatha[/name_f], [name_f]Claudia[/name_f], [name_f]Greta[/name_f] and [name_f]Mavis[/name_f]. Maybe it could come back - plus, it gives fun unisex nn [name_u]Ollie[/name_u]

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i knew someone named olga as a child and she was very nice! i always liked her name; i think it’s gorgeous

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i think olga could definitely work! it isn’t my favourite sound but it definitely fits in with vintage, clunky names that are coming back eg edith, agnes, winifred x

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Absolutely! [name_f]Olga[/name_f] is lovely. It feels so classic and quintessentially Slavic. Really sweet.

I like [name_f]Olga[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

[name_f]Olga[/name_f] is definitely due for a comeback!

It’s one of the names that I feel fits my style, but isn’t quite a favorite. I love the “vibe”—elegant, dramatic, so uncool it’s cool again—but the prominent “g” sound isn’t quite pleasing to me.

I love the diminutive [name_f]Olya[/name_f] too.

I like [name_f]Olga[/name_f] in theory, however unfortunately I don’t like how it sounds in [name_f]English[/name_f]. I like how it sounds in Slavic and other Germanic languages - a lot softer.

Where I grew up it’s quite a popular name, not for babies being born now or even my generation but in “older” women it’s super common. There was a negative connotation because of a serial killer so maybe that’s why people stopped naming their daughters that.

All in all, I don’t think it’s an ugly name but I prefer it in other languages than [name_f]English[/name_f] :woman_shrugging:

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Not an attractive name AT ALL.

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I can’t really get board with the name [name_f]Olga[/name_f]. It doesn’t have a pleasant sound to me, and I can’t imagine anyone young with the name. I don’t think [name_f]Olga[/name_f] is ready for a comeback quite yet.

[name_u]An[/name_u] alternative I really like is [name_f]Olya[/name_f].

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I think of [name_f]Helga[/name_f] from Hey [name_m]Arnold[/name_m]. I do find [name_f]Orla[/name_f] pretty. I don’t love the ga sound.

It’s not my favorite but I think it could definitely work. It reminds me of [name_f]Agnes[/name_f], [name_f]Agatha[/name_f], and [name_f]Claudia[/name_f], which I love, I just personally don’t like the ‘g’ sound, at least in [name_f]English[/name_f]. I prefer [name_f]Olya[/name_f] and [name_f]Orla[/name_f]. But I think it could definitely make a comeback! :blush:

Its definitely not my thing but there’s nothing inherently bad about it so I think it could work.

I really like it, I’d be thrilled to meet a little [name_f]Olga[/name_f]. I imagine a really quirkily dressed little girl.
[name_f]Olga[/name_f] & [name_f]Maude[/name_f] would be so cute as siblings.

I don’t think I’d use it but I’d be so excited to meet a little [name_f]Olga[/name_f]! Definitely fits with the ‘clunky cool’ vibe like [name_f]Agnes[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] etc

I think so! I agree that it fits well with the clunky classic names like [name_f]Agatha[/name_f] and [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. [name_f]Olga[/name_f] also has a very strong elegant air to me because of its frequent use as a royal name.

I definitely think it deserves more love/use.

Loving the name [name_f]Olga[/name_f]. :heart_eyes:

We had a lovely teacher named [name_f]Olga[/name_f] in grade school. Very professional and regal.
[name_f]Olga[/name_f] reminds me of royalty.

Definitely a mix of responses which is what I expected! I definitely see how it fits with names like [name_f]Agatha[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f], [name_f]Agnes[/name_f], [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] and the like. I had not heard [name_f]Olya[/name_f] as a diminutive but I imagine it is pretty.

I am actually coming at it from a slightly different perspective, because we need names that work in [name_f]English[/name_f] and Spanish, and believe it or not [name_f]Olga[/name_f] is a pretty well establish (if not particularly popular) name in Spanish too. But in my mind she would be paired with sisters named things like [name_u]Alma[/name_u], [name_f]Liana[/name_f], and [name_f]Isabel[/name_f]. I recognize that all those other choices would likely be much more popular, but I could somehow still imagine [name_u]Alma[/name_u] and [name_f]Olga[/name_f] as sisters for example!

It sounds clunky in theory but I find once you get to know someone with the name it no longer registers that way. I knew a lovely [name_f]Olga[/name_f] in high school ! Likely in large part because of that positive association, I like the name - it would be unique / quirky name in [name_u]North[/name_u] [name_u]America[/name_u], but wearable!