Meaning and name origin
Oswald \o-swa-ld, os-wald\ as a boy's 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.
Oswald is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3361 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Oswald for boys. Oswald reached its highest rank of #545 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Oswald and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Osvaldo (#989), Waldo, Oswaldo, Oswald and Ossie. (2014 statistics).