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The O Names

Baby names that begin or end with the letter o have long been particularly cool, especially (though there are a few feminine selections) for boys. The options, of course, range far beyond those offered here, especially considering the entire world of Latinate baby names out there, but this group should give you a pretty good start.
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  • Orlando

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    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost an... Read More 

  • Orsino

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    Orson is being rediscovered and Orsino is every bit as attractive. Read More 

  • Orson

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    Orson has had in the past a rotund teddy-bear image, a la Orson Welles, who early on dropped his common given name of George in favor of his more distinctive middle one, and who seemed to own it du... Read More 

  • Oscar

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    Oscar, a round and jovial choice, is a grandpa name that's fast taking over from such urban trendies as Max and Sam. Actors Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson chose Oscar for their sons. In Irish ... Read More 

  • Otis

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    Otis has a double image: it's cool and bluesy a la Otis Redding, but also an upscale, high-society name of the past. Otis has real appeal for parents attracted to its catchy O initial and combinat... Read More 

  • Ottilie

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    Ottilie and its diminutive Ottiline are a pair of names heard among the British upper crust, but have rarely been seen here since the 1880's. Though it has German roots via Otto, Ottilie has a dis... Read More 

  • Otto

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    Some truly cutting-edge parent might consider this German classic a so-far-out-it-could-come-back-in name a la Oscar: a nice round palindrome. Like most German names, Otto fell out of favor durin... Read More 

  • Owen

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    Owen, a resonant Celtic name, has jumped almost three hundred places in a decade, with every indication it will go higher. Why do so many parents love Owen? It's a classic with a genuine history, ... Read More 

  • Oz

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    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 B... Read More 

  • Ozias

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    Everyone says they want an unusual name — well, if you truly do, this is one with Biblical cred that fits the bill, with the added attraction of the user-friendly nickname of Oz or Ozzie. Ozias is ... Read More 

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