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What does Oswald mean?

Oswald Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: power, woods (tree), saints, 19th century.


Oswald has 9 variants: Ossie, Osvald, Osvaldo, Oswaldo, Oswell, Oswin, Ozzie, Ozzy and Waldo.

Creative forms:
(male) Orwald, Owald, ..


Middle name pairings:
Oswald Juan (O.J.), ..

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)

Oswald reached its peak position of #582 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Oswald name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Oswald are Osvaldo (#988 from recent data), Ozzy, Waldo, Ozzie, Oswaldo and Ossie. These relations of Oswald were popular as birth names a decade ago (usage of 0.05%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.01%, 77%), with forms like Oswaldo falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Oswald, Ossie, Osvaldo, Oswaldo, Ozzie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ozzy, Waldo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oswald and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Arnald, Bald, Derald, Donald, Dugald, Evald, Ewald, Garald, Gerald, Griswald, Harald, Jerald, Odall (see Odell), Ohad, Oneal, Oral, Orland, Ormand, Orval, Osage, Oscar, Osgood, Oskar, Osman, Osmar, Osmond, Osmund, Osred, Oswinn, Oswyn, Oswynn, Ottild (see Odilo), Owain, Ranald, Roald, Ronald, Sewald, Sigwald, Torald, Tybald and Wald. These names tend to be more commonly used than Oswald.

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