I have to admit when we first met Oswin (on Doctor Who), the wheels turned in my head and I thought, "I wonder if that would work on a real girl?" I'm not sure yet. It's definitely tied to the character at this point, but then, depending on where you live, Doctor Who isn't exactly mainstream (although far from unknown!). There's some good stuff in the name: cute nn potential (Oz, Ozzy, Win, Winnie); it follows trend (surname); and it's not an ugly sounding name (although that is subjective of course-- I don't find it ugly).
I think there are lots of better names out there, however. I like a lot of -win, -wen, -wyn names, and there's lots out there. Winter, Bronwen, Gwendolyn, Elowen, Winona, Winifred, Wynne, Arwen, Aeronwen, Gwyneth, Ceridwen. I find all of those much prettier than Oswin. At the moment, I can't think of another name with the Oz sound in it (other than Ozma), but it's a cute, spunky sound.
As for Clara, so far my boyfriend and I aren't fans. Oswin and Victorian Clara were infinitely more interesting than Clara Oswald is. She's so boring. The only hook she has is her mystery, but as a character she's completely flat, except when she makes her save the day speeches or flies in to rescue the Doctor; by my count she's saved the day every single episode. Really?? I was excited about her, too. I haven't given up, but I'm growing frustrated.
If the appeal of the name is tied into the character, I really think there are far better companions as a namesake. Or even Idris!
Mary Sue. She definitely has a very different temperament to Amy. The Doctor is just so strangely interested in her--and I can't imagine he's that interested and she ends up just being a boring chick who is unknowningly being reborn. So far she is a bit flat, but I'm still holding back my judgement.
River Song mess all I'm expecting another really, really complicated and daft 'reveal' "-_-
At the end of the day I just want a companion who:
1. Isn't a girl from modern day London. (Donna, Martha, Clara, Rose)
2. Doesn't talk at the speed of light. (Amy, Clara)
3. Isn't in love with the Doctor. (Rose, Martha, Amy *in friendship format, so not soooo bad*)
Doctor not understanding modern life. I agree that it would be interesting to change it up--some of the old doctor's companions weren't 20th century Brit's so it can work, but I doubt they'll ever do it.
2. With how short the shows are now it's almost a requirement. I was watching an OLD episode and was amazed at how long and slow it was. The current episodes feel like they're not much more than 30 minutes!
3. This is one of things I liked about both Amy and Donna. Rose was a great companion but it gets wearing for every single companion to be like that. So far it doesn't seem like Clara has any real love/adoration for him. I hope they keep it that way.
1. That would be a fun change. I think one of the best companions was Jamie, who was from medieval Scotland, I believe, and male. It could be fun to have an ensemble again soon.
2. Agree, though the first Oswin's banter was what I liked about her. She could keep up with and somewhat outmatch him verbally.
3. Also would be nice...especially now since I'm assuming River is still with us? (I think the TARDIS, who is rather fond of her, is the only one who remembers this, hence the attitude, lol.)
...was taken by the Doctor on the eve of a battle and always knew he would have to return to fight in it. I've never seen any of the episodes but already - even just from knowing that much - I managed to experience more feels for Jamie than I ever have for Clara.
it is so good to see so many DW fans. I agree I prefer Victorian Clara, but I still am liking modern Clara and hope she gets a little more depth. The only thing I am tired of at this point is Moffat. I think him trying to make everything such a big deal all the time is getting old.
okay back on topic. I think Oswald is better, but again for a boy.
I adore the name Oswin, to be honest. If I were pregnant with a girl right now I would, truly and seriously, consider it for her.
There are a few things that hold me back about the name: One is whether the name is going to become popular because of Doctor Who; I don't think it will, but Doctor Who is becoming more popular and widely-known (a few years ago I could've said "Doctor Who" to a random stranger and could almost guarantee they would have no idea what I was talking about; these days there's actually a good chance they know what it is even if they don't watch it). I'd hate to think I was giving my child a name that was special to me and unique and have her end up Oswin W. at school or something (again, not likely but it could happen). I also worry about people hearing the name and judging me for it before they get to know me...but if they heard my kids' name and assumed I was a huge fangirl....they would be correct. So I guess I can't really complain.
As far as it being a boy name or sounding like a surname...so do like 35-40% of names on Nameberry that are currently being used on girls. You can name a girl any name on this website and you'll find people who love it and people who hate it and people who couldn't care less. As long as the name is something you and your partner both love, I say go for it.