Gender: Masculine
Origin: Russian
Meaning: “holy.”
Russ: (ahl-YEK); Czech/Slovak (OH-lek)
The name is a slavicized form of the Old Norse Helgi which is derived from heilagr meaning “holy; blessed.” It shares the same etymological roots as the female name Olga. The name was introduced into the Slavic speaking world in the 10th-century. It was borne by Oleg of Novgorod, a Varangian prince who eventually inherited the throne of Rus. He is known for transferring the capital of Rus from Novgorod to Kiev. He is accredited for making Kievan Rus the power that it was in the early Middle Ages. He was a fierce ruler, he invaded the great Byzantine city of Constantinople at least once, and ruled from 882-912. Its name day is September 10, and in addition to being used in Russia, it has also had prevalent usage in other Slavic countries such as, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. In modern times, the name is most famously attributed to fashion designer Oleg Cassini (1913-2006).To hear how the name is pronounced in Russian, go here: http://www.forvo.com/search/Oleg/ru/