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Gender: M Meaning of Oswald: "divine power" Origin of Oswald: English

Despite the success of so many O-starting boys names--Oliver, Owen, Otis, Oscar--Oswald has not yet shown any signs of resurrection, though he does have the animating nicknames Ozzie/Ozzy and Oz. The name has some literary cred--in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's King Lear and a novel by H. G.Wells--and there was early cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Famous People Named Oswald

Saint Oswald, King of Northumbria
Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats, founder of the British Union of Fascists
Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler, German historian
Oswald Chambers, Scottish evangelist and teacher
Oswald Boelcke, German WWI flying ace
Oswald of Worcester, Archbishop of York
Oswald Veblen, American mathematician
Oswald Theodore Avery Jr., Canadian-American physician and DNA researcher
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy

Pop Culture References for the name Oswald

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, early Disney character
Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka The Penguin, villain in the Batman series
Oswald Hamley, character in "Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Oswald Lee Harvey, character on "The Drew Carey Show"
Oswin Oswald, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Clara Oswald, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
"Oswald," animated series about an octopus
Oswald Standish, Lord Chiltern, character in Anthony Trollope's "Palliser" series
Oswald "Otto" Rocket, character from animated series "Rocket Power"
Oswald, character from TV series "Warehouse 13"
Oswald, one of the protagonists in the video game "Odin Sphere" (2007)
Oswald Forster, main character in G. A. Henty's "Both Sides the Border"
Oswald Mandus, the main character in the 2013 horror video game ''Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs''

Waldo, Ossie, Oswell, Oswaldo, Ox, Oswold, Ozzie, Oswall

Oswald's International Variations

Osvald (Scandinavian) Osvaldo (Spanish) Osvaldo (Portuguese)