Meaning:spear of the gods
“Oscar” may conjure images of little gold statuettes, but there's much more to the name than a coveted Hollywood award. In Irish mythology, Oscar is a fierce warrior much revered by his community. It’s no surprise, then, that the name is Gaelic for “spear of the Gods.” When Scottish poet James Macpherson included Oscar in his widely read early-19th-century work on Irish mythological heroes, the name became popular and spread throughout Europe. In modern times a few famous Oscars have fought for their place in history too, including Oscar Isaac of “Star Wars” fame and fashion legend Oscar de la Renta.
Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
- Oscar de la HoyaBoxer
- Oscar de la RentaFashion Designer
- Oscar PetersonMusician
- Oscar RobertsonBasketball Player
- Oscar WildeAuthor, Poet, Writer
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