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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.


Oscar is a very popular first name for males (#151 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#13443 out of 88799, Top 15%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Oscar for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Oscar name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oscar outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Oscar and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Oscar (#183) and Ossie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Oscar, Ossie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oscar outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Osher, Osier and Osmar. These names tend to be less commonly used than Oscar.