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Oleg (rendered in Cyrillic as Олег) is an East Slavic, and particularly Russian, given name. Its Ukrainian variant is pronounced Oleh. It probably derives from the Scandinavian name Helgi, derived from Proto-Norse *Hailaga (Holy, or Blessed).
The name has been bourne by a number of rulers of the Kievan Rus, including:
- Oleg of Novgorod, 10th century leader of the Kievan Rus and conqueror of Kiev.
- Oleg Svyatoslavich, son of Svyatoslav I of Kiev and governor of the Derevlians.
- Oleg I of Chernigov, 11th century knyaz of Chernigov.
- Oleg II of Chernigov, briefly Knyaz of Chernigov in 1164, at various times knyaz of Kursk and other Rus polities, died 1180.
- Oleg III of Chernigov, knyaz of Chernigov 1202-1204.
- Oleg IV of Chernigov, ruled 1223-1224.
- Oleg V of Chernigov, ruled 1285-1306.
- Oleg the Infamous, late 11th and early 12th century knyaz of Volhynia, Tmutarakan, Novgorod-Severskiy, and other holdings.
- Oleg of Pronsk, lord of Pronsk 1207, died circa 1217.
- Oleg Yaroslavovych, knyaz of Halych 1187-1188.
- Oleg the Fair, prince of Riazan and Pronsk 1252-1258.
- Oleg of Bryansk, 13th century prince of Bryansk and Chernigov, declared a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.
- Oleg the Great, prince of Riazan 1349-1371, 1372-1380, 1382-1402
- Oleg of Vorgol, prince of Vorgol and Rylsk 1245-1283.