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Gender: Male Meaning of Oz: "strength, powerful, courageous" Origin of Oz: Hebrew

The name Oz is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "strength, powerful, courageous". Oz and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the Bible.

As full names such as Ozias, Osgood, and Osmond start to sound more cool and less grandpa, the short form Oz will feel like a more modern possibility.

Find other names based on Oz using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Oz

Öz Beg Khan (1282–1341), longest-reigning khan of the Golden Horde
Oz Almog (born 1956), Israeli–Austrian artist
Oz Ifrah (born 1982), Israeli football player
Oz Peretz (born 1994), Israeli footballer
Oz Raly (born 1987), Israeli footballer
Osman "Oz" Bengur (born 1949), American investment banker and politician
Richard "Oz" Griebel (born 1949), American banker, lawyer and politician
Osgood Robert "Oz" Perkins (born 1974), American actor
Osborne "Oz" Scott (born 1949), American director and television producer
Oz Fox, stage name of musician Richard Alfonso Martinez of band Stryper
Mehmet Oz, American surgeon, author, and talk show host
Frank Oz, American Muppeteer and actor

Pop Culture References for the name Oz

Oscar Diggs "Oz", a supposed wizard from The Wizard Of Oz
"Oz," a television show about a prison
Daniel "Oz" Osborne, character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Oz Vessalius/Bezarius, main character of the anime/manga Pandora Hearts
Oz (Ozymandias), character in "When the Wind Blows"
Oz, character in manga "One Piece"
Leonard "Oz" Osbourne, a Geordie bricklayer in British TV series "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet"
Nicholas "Oz" Oseransky, a character in film "The Whole Nine Yards"
Oz, a playable character in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode
Oz, character in TV series, "Canimals"
Oz / Yellow, character in "Monster Prom"

Ozzy, Ozzie, Ozi, Ozzi


mill1020 Says:


I could see Oslo "Oz" becoming a thing.

EW314 Says:


I like just Oz. It's short, but far less nicknamey/cutesy than Freddie, Alfie, Archie, Charlie and the like, which are all sitting up near the top of the rankings here in the UK.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like this as a nn for Oslo.

faithnamer Says:


I think that this would be more suitable as a nickname..

alexandramae Says:


My ex and I discussed the name Ozma for a boy or girl, so I think that's pretty acceptable. Oz is too short for me but I do know women with the surname Osbourn that go by Oz/Os. I think anything that's not inappropriate or damaging is acceptable. If you like the name, go for it.

Hydra Says:


Would Oz be acceptable for a girl? It might be the way my accent makes me say it, but I always thought it sounded feminine-or it might be because I think of Ozma.....