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Gender: Male Meaning of Oswald: "divine power" Origin of Oswald: English

The name Oswald is a boy's name of English origin meaning "divine power". Oswald and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game - Girls and Boys".

From the experts:

Despite the success of so many O-starting boys names--Oliver, Owen, Otis, Oscar--Oswald has not yet shown any signs of resurrection, though he does have the animating nicknames Ozzie/Ozzy and Oz. The name has some literary cred--in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's King Lear and a novel by H. G.Wells--and there was early cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

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Famous People Named Oswald

Saint Oswald, King of Northumbria
Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet of Ancoats, founder of the British Union of Fascists
Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler, German historian
Oswald Chambers, Scottish evangelist and teacher
Oswald Boelcke, German WWI flying ace
Oswald of Worcester, Archbishop of York
Oswald Veblen, American mathematician
Oswald Theodore Avery Jr., Canadian-American physician and DNA researcher
Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy

Pop Culture References for the name Oswald

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, early Disney character
Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka The Penguin, villain in the Batman series
Oswald Hamley, character in "Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Oswald Sydenham, character in "Joan and Peter" by H.G. Wells
Oswald Lee Harvey, character on "The Drew Carey Show"
Oswald Bastable, character in novels by E. Nesbit
Oswald, Goneril's steward in Shakespeare's King Lear
"Oswald," animated series about an octopus
Oswald Standish, Lord Chiltern, character in Anthony Trollope's "Palliser" series
Oswald "Otto" Rocket, character from animated series "Rocket Power"
Oswald, character from TV series "Warehouse 13"
Oswald, character in the video game "Odin Sphere" (2007)
Oswald Forster, main character in G. A. Henty's "Both Sides the Border"
Oswald Mandus, main character in video game ''Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs''
Oswin Oswald, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Clara Oswald, character on TV's "Doctor Who"

Waldo, Ossie, Oswell, Oswaldo, Ox, Oswold, Ozzie, Oswall

Oswald's International Variations

Osvald (Scandinavian) Osvaldo (Spanish) Osvaldo (Portuguese)


paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this name.

littlepenelope Says:


I have also been hunting for a formal name for Ozzy! Unfortunately, my husband hates Oscar. So I've considered all these other Os/Oz names on nameberry, but I like Oswald the best. I just worry that my child would think it were cruel to saddle him with such a name.

Yara Says:


Or Lee Harvey Oswald

aaronburrsir Says:


Cute, but I wouldn't use it for a human. Reminds me of the fascist, the assassin or the blue octopus.

justlookinaround Says:


Reminds me of the assassin

Madelyn Says:


I'm on the hunt for a formal name for Ozzy, and Oswald would be the obvious choice. I'm starting to think it's one of those "old man" names that might have a chance for a comeback. But maybe that's just wishful thinking.

esita Says:


Too reminiscent of the Fascist Oswald Mosley.

Catastroffy Says:


I quite like Oswald, actually. It's cute without being childish, and would be quite a distinct choice nowadays.