Oscar: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Oscar

Oscar

Pronunciation: AHS-ker (key)

Origin of the name Oscar:

derived from a Norman baronial name taken from a French place-name meaning "golden city." Others think it is merely an invention of the novelist Fanny Burney, who used it for the hero in her novel Evelina (1778).

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Comments and insights on the name Oscar: | Edit

Oscar is O in the NATO phonetic alphabet

Personal experiences with the name Oscar: | Edit

my boyfriend's name is Oscar.. he's amazing, i think this is an awesome kind of like vintage name!

Nicknames for Oscar: | Edit

Ozzy, Ossie, Oz, Scar (if he grows up to be a gangster), Bozzy

Meanings and history of the name Oscar: | Edit

Oscar (Irish) possibly from the Gaelic phrase "os cara", meaning "friend of the deer". James Macpherson used the name in his Ossianic poems. Napoleon, an admirer of those works, imposed it on his little French godson, who ascended the throne of Sweden as Oscar I (or Oskar I).

The 'Os' part could well be from the Old English word for god (Old Norse equivalent 'As'). Not the Christian god, but one of the pagan gods.

Also a Old Norse name meaning God's spear. Anglicized from Ásgeirr

Famous real-life people named Oscar: | Edit

Oscar Villarreal, American baseball player
Oscar Wilde, Irish writer
Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
Oscar Pistorious, South African runner
Oscar de la Renta, Dominican designer based in New York City
Oscar Hammerstein, American theatrical producer

Oscar in song, story & screen: | Edit

Oscar the Grouch from the children's television program Sesame Street
Oscar Martinez, character from "The Office" (TV series)
Oscar Madison, character from "The Odd Couple" (TV series)

Oscar is the nickname for the Academy Award, the most prestigious film award in America, presented yearly by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar Mayer is an American food company started by Oscar Ferdinand Mayer in the 1880s. Today they are a popular producer of hot dogs, bologna, and other deli meats. Their most famous slogan, written in 1963, begins, "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner..."

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