What does Oscar mean?
Oscar [os-car] as a boys' 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.
(male) Obacar, Oscarah, ..
(female) Oscari, Oscarra, ..
How popular is Oscar?
Oscar is a very popular first name for males (#151 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#18129 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name statistics of Oscar for boys. Oscar reached its peak position of #29 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #183. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Oscar and corresponding names. Oskar (#1318 in recent rankings), Ozzy, Osker and Ossie are the prominent alternative forms of Oscar (#183 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Oscar reached the height of their popularity 134 years ago (average #1390) and have become significantly less popular since (#1500, down 76.7%), with the version Oscar becoming somewhat dated.