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Gender: M Meaning of Oz: "strength, powerful, courageous" Origin of Oz: Hebrew

This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the Bible.

As full names such as Ozias, Osgood, and Osmond start to sound more cool and less grandpa, the short form Oz will feel like a more modern possibility.

Famous People Named Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz is an American/Turkish cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and talk show host.

Pop Culture References for the name Oz

Oscar Diggs "Oz", a supposed wizard from The Wizard Of Oz
"Oz," a television show about a prison
Daniel "Oz" Osborne - character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Oz Vessalius/Bezarius, main character of the anime/manga Pandora Hearts
Oz (Ozymandias) from the book When the Wind Blows

Ozzy, Ozzie, Ozi, Ozzi