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

Oswald Origin and Meaning

The name Oswald is a boy's name of English origin meaning "divine power".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Oswald

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.