The Scandinavian surname Olson is of patronymic origin meaning "son of Olof or Ole". The personal name is derived from an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements anu meaning “ancestor “ and leifr meaning “heir, or descendant.” St Olaf, King of Norway (995–1030), aided the spread of Christianity in his kingdom. A notable bearer of the name was Sigurd F. Olson the American writer and environmentalist.
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