US Popularity:402
Other Origin(s):Gaelic, British, Norse
Meaning:God spear; Deer-lover; Champion warrior
Rooted in Irish culture and folklore, Oscar is a boy's name that means "God spear," "deer-lover," or "champion warrior." The name derives from the Gaelic elements os, meaning "deer," and car, meaning "loving," and he was one of the mightiest warriors to come from Irish legends. Though an Irish name through and through, Oscar is thought to have Norse and English roots and is a variation of the Old Norse name Ásgeirr. Oscar's lineage extends much farther than this, however, as he shares his title with icons Wilde, Isaac, and de la Renta. Oscar also fights for the crown in Hollywood, as he shares his name with the most coveted award in the film industry. A top name that's anchored by legends, literature, and the elite, Oscar is set to spearhead change.

Famous People Named Oscar

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Oscar de la Hoya
  • Oscar de la Renta
    Fashion Designer
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Oscar Robertson
    Basketball Player
  • Oscar Wilde
    Author, Poet, Writer

Oscar Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Oscar is currently #316 on The Bump
Boy:Oscar is currently #80 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Oscar is currently #402 in U.S. births
Boy:Oscar is currently #141 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 39
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 493

  • Behind the Name, Oscar, January2022

  • Ancestry, Oscar Family History,

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Oscar, January 2024

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