What does Oswald mean?
Oswald /os-wald/ 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. Demographics)
Presented below is the baby name statistics 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 Baby Names, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Oswald are Osvaldo (#989 from recent data), Waldo, Oswaldo and Ossie. These relations of Oswald were popular as birth names about 11 decades ago (usage of 0.206%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.002%, ▼99%), with forms like Oswald falling out of fashion.
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Recommended similar baby names are Arnald, Bald, Derald, Donald▼, Dugald, Evald, Ewald▼, Garald, Gerald▼, Griswald, Harald, Jerald▼, Odall, Ohad, Oneal, Oral▼, Orland▼, Ormand, Orval▼, Osage, Oscar, Osgood, Oskar, Osman, Osmar, Osmond, Osmund, Osred, Oswinn, Oswyn, Oswynn, Ottild, Owain, Ranald, Roald, Ronald▼, Sewald, Sigwald, Torald, Tybald and Wald. These names tend to be more commonly used than Oswald.