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Oscar meaning and name origin

Oscar \o-scar, os-car\ as a boy's name is pronounced OS-ker. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Oscar is "spear of the gods". Also possibly from the Gaelic phrase "os cara", meaning "friend of the deer". James Macpherson used the name in his Ossianic poems. Napoleon, an admirer of those works, imposed it on his little French godson, who ascended the throne of Sweden as Oscar I (or Oskar I). Thus, this British name is now regarded as Scandinavian. The name was revived by 18th century literary use. In modern times, Oscar the Grouch is a character in "Sesame Street". Lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II; playwright Oscar Wilde; fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.

Oscar has 4 variant forms: Oskar, Osker, Ossie and Ozzy.

Baby names that sound like Oscar are Asgard and Isachar.

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Popularity of Oscar

Oscar is a very popular first name for men (#151 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13443 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Oscar compared with its variant forms and related boy baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Oscar only.

Popularity of name Oscar
Popularity of Oscar