Gender: Male Meaning of Oscar: "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior" Origin of Oscar: English or Irish Oscar's Popularity in 2019: #205

Oscar Origin and Meaning

The name Oscar is a boy's name of English, Irish origin meaning "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior".

Oscar has Irish and Norse roots—Norse Oscar comes from the Old English Osgar, a variation of the Old Norse name Ásgeirr. The Irish form was derived from the Gaelic elements os, meaning “deer,” and car, “loving.” 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).

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 addition to being a top name in Sweden, where it has royal connection, Oscar ranks high on popularity lists in all the English-speaking countries as well as in France and Spain.

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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Rank in US: #205

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Famous People Named Oscar

Pop Culture References for the name Oscar

Oscarito, Osqui, Osquitar, Ozcar

Oscar's International Variations

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


BookSneakersMovie Says:


This name has started to grow on me.

Morri Arty Says:


I love this name.

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.