What does Oswald mean?
Oswald /os-wald/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced OZ-wald. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Oswald is "God's power".
May derive from a different German phrase, meaning "man from the south woods". Name of two saints, and mostly 19th century use. Actor Ozzie Nelson's real name was Oswald. The name had negative connotations in America after President Kennedy's assasination due to Lee Harvey Oswald. Fashion designer Ossie Clark.
How popular is Oswald?
Oswald is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#2313 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Oswald for boys. Oswald reached its peak position of #545 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Oswald are Osvaldo (#989 last year), Waldo, Oswaldo and Ossie. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.2058%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.0022%, ▼98.9%), with the forms Osvaldo, Oswald, Waldo and Oswaldo becoming less fashionable. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Oswald and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)