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Gender: Male Meaning of Oscar: "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior" Origin of Oscar: English or Irish Oscar's Popularity in 2017: #192

The name Oscar is a boy's name of English, Irish origin meaning "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior". Oscar is ranked #192 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favorite (boys)".

From the experts:

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 legend, Oscar was one of the mightiest warriors of his generation, the son of Ossian and the grandson of Finn Mac Cumhaill (MacCool). In addition to being a Swedish royal name, Oscar has been especially popular with Latino families.

Famous Oscars include Wilde (whose given name was Fingal), Isaac, Madison, Hammerstein, Peterson, de la Renta, the Academy Award, and the Grouch.

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Famous People Named Oscar

Oscar I (Joseph François Oscar Bernadotte) and Oscar II (Oscar Fredrik), Kings of Sweden
(Oscar-)Claude Monet, French painter
Oscar Fingall O'Flaherty Wills Wilde, Irish novelist and playwright
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer, Brazilian Modernist architect
Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II, American lyricist
Oscar de la Hoya, American boxer
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, South African sprinter
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist
Oscar Isaac (Hernandez), Guatemalan-American actor
Oscar Arístides de la Renta, Dominican fashion designer
Óscar Hernandez, Spanish tennis player
Oscar Robertson, American basketball player
Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
Oscar Garcia-Lopez, American designer & contestant on TV's "Under the Gunn"
Oscar Carl Olof, Prince of Sweden, Duke of Skåne
Óscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, Colombian weightlifter
Oscar Morales, YouTuber
Oscar Vai To'elau Kightley, Samoan-born New Zealand actor
Oscar Humphries (b. 1981), son of actor/comedian Barry Humphries
Oscar Wakeman (b. 1986), son of keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes
Oscar Birdsall (b. 1988), son of actors Gwyneth Strong and Jesse Birdsall
Oscar Lauterbach (b. 1988), son of actors Heiner Lauterbach and Katja Flint
Oscar (b. 1995), son of singer Karen Cheryl
Oscar Mikael Bolyos (b. 1996), son of singers Marie Fredriksson and Mikael Bolyos
Oscar Nick (b. 1996), son of Prince Heinrich of Hanover and actress Désirée Nick
Oscar Maximillian Jackman (b. 2000), son of actor Hugh Jackman
Oscar (b. 2001), son of model Esther De Jong
Oscar Bruel (b. 2003), son of singer/actor Patrick Bruel
Oscar Crochu (b. 2003), son of tennis player Alexandra Fusai and David Crochu
Oscar Sampson (b. 2006), son of TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and Paul Sampson
Oscar Griffiths (b. 2007), son of actress Gillian Anderson and Mark Griffiths
Oscar Boël O'Hare (b. 2008), son of Delphine Boël; grandson of King Albert II of Belgium
Oscar William King (b. 2009), son of footballer Steven King
Oscar John Pryor (b. 2010), son of radio and TV personality Jono Pryor
Oscar Dylan Judd (b. 2011), son of model Rebecca Judd and footballer Chris Judd
Oscar Dempsey (b. 2012), son of athletes Nick Dempsey and Sarah Ayton
Oscar Noxon, son of TV producer Jenji Kohan and Christopher Noxon
Oscar Holly Marmet (b. 2016), son of actress Robin Tunney
Prince Oscar Carl Olaf of Sweden, Duke of Skåne (b. 2016), son of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland

Pop Culture References for the name Oscar

Oscar, Irish mythological warrior; son of Oisín and Niamh
Oscar Nicodemus Pendleton, character in "The Author's Apprentice"
Oscar Madison, a main character in The Odd Couple series
Oscar the Grouch, Muppet on TV's "Sesame Street"
Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, full name of the Wizard of Oz
Baby Oscar, character in movie "Ghostbusters II"
Oscar Martinez, character on US TV series "The Office"
Oscar Bluth, George Bluth's twin brother on TV's "Arrested Development"
Oscar, catfish in animated series "Fish Hooks"
Oscar, character on animated series "True Jackson VP"
Oscar Pine, character in the web series "RWBY"
Oscar François de Jarjayes or Lady Oscar, the main character in "The Rose of Versailles" anime and manga
Oscar Goldman, character on TV's The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
Oscar Shales, character on TV's Prison Break
Oscar, a Lance Knight in video game Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Oscar Blaketon, character in British TV series Heartbeat
Oscar Branning, character on British soap EastEnders
Oscar Osborne, character on British soap Hollyoaks
Oscar, knight in the video game Dark Souls
Oscar, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
"Oscar," 1991 movie and a minor character
Oscar, nickname of the Academy Award

Oscarito, Osqui, Osquitar, Ozcar

Oscar's International Variations

Osgar (Scottish Gaelic) Osckar, Oskar (German) Okko, Oskari (Finnish) Oszkar (Hungarian)


Margot23 Says:


Lol fair enough!
he's not a bad muppet!

TechnoKitten Says:


I used to really like this name when I was younger,I still do though.

Lucy Jane Teague Says:


My son is Oscar and loves Oscar the grouch! 😂 I do too! 🙈 kinda name’s him after him 😂

JH Says:


Love Oscar. It's my great-grandpa's name. I think you could definitely call him Ozzie, right?

Marauder Says:


I don't know why Nameberry says Oscar Wilde's birth name was Fingal, because this site (and books authored by its founders) are the only places I have ever seen that claimed. Every source I have ever read about him says that his birth name was Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. It doesn't appear that Fingal was ever his first name.

Cherilyn Says:


Don't get the appeal of this name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is a lovely name.

stella2007 Says:


Trust me any nice name is going to become extremely popular. We are in a day and age that you have to name your kid Rocket or Ranch or something ridiculous like that to have make sure he's the only kid that has that name. Oscar is a name that's been around for centuries, I have heard the name a lot but I've actually never ever met an Oscar, baby or adult. If you love it use it!

BakersfieldBlonde Says:


I love this name for my future son, but am worried it is becoming too popular. Oscar is #14 on Nameberry, but was #181 on the US baby name list last year. What is the truer indicator of popularity? Do you find Oscar is becoming popular in real life?

eveyalecia Says:


I have to agree, I've never liked Oscar personally-- not because of any connotations, just think it doesn't sound nice.

eveyalecia Says:


Ok relax buddy. This comment thread is about the name Oscar, not Claire. People are allowed to have opinions.

kxlly0614 Says:


Oscar is a wonderful name. Unlike these popular names these days (Grayson,etc.) this one sounds like a timeless classic to me.

Shaybaby1 Says:


We used to have a Dachshund named Oscar, too. Even though she was a girl lol.

Margot23 Says:


Pros- Oscar Wilde
Cons- the Muppet
Still want to use it though
Oscar Dorian?
Oscar Ira?
John Oscar?

bearcub27 Says:


I met a little Dachshund not long ago named Oscar. I'm sure there's a disproportionate number of wiener dogs named Oscar lol! He was adorable, and if I ever get one, I'm definitely naming him Oscar :D

EW314 Says:


I love it, but it's just so popular here in the UK (where no-one has heard of the Grouch). I'm trying to decide whether this bothers me enough not to use it.

Michaela Says:


Going to name my future son Oscar!

George Onaifo Says:


Names Claire's harsh and ugly

Tylernlisa Says:


I'm about to have a kid, and the guy chose the name if it was a boy. My dad wanted to name me Oscar, but my mom said no. I'm going to name my kid Oscar in honor of him! I like the name!

Waverly123 Says:


I really love Oscar! The associations don't bother me at all. I think it's a super cute name that would grow well with a boy. I can imagine a middle aged Oscar, an Oscar in university and a grandpa named Oscar. Sort of in love with it. Imagine two little boys named Oscar & Albus! Ahhh!

clairels Says:


Don't like, and it's not just because of the Grouch. The sound is just harsh and ugly.

Guest Says:


I think I love this name because of it's connection to the Academy Awards

DryLake Says:


This name will never be used up.