Oscar (given name)


Oscar (given name)
Oscar
Gender Masculine
Language(s) Irish, English
Origin
Language(s) Irish
Derivation os + cara
Meaning "deer" + "friend"
Other names
Cognate(s) Osgar, Oskar, Oskari

Oscar is a masculine given name in the English and Irish languages. Cognates include the Scottish Gaelic Osgar, and the German and Scandinavian Oskar, and the Finnish Oskari.

Contents

Etymology

The name is derived from two elements in Irish: the first, os, means "deer"; the second element, cara, means "friend". The name is borne by a character in Irish mythologyOscar, grandson of Fionn Mac Cumhail. The name was popularised in the 18th century by James Macpherson, creator of 'Ossianic poetry'. Today the name is associated with Scandinavia because Napoleon was an admirer of Macpherson's work and gave the name to his godson, Oscar Bernadotte, who later became Oscar I, King of Sweden.[1] The given name Oscar is not to be confused with the Old English Ōsgār, which is of an entirely different origin (from two Old English elements meaning "god" and "spear").[2]

Cognates

People with the given name Oscar or Oskar

Fictional characters with the given name Oscar

People with the given name Oskari

References

  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 212, 354, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 
  2. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 239, ISBN 0-19-8631464 .
  3. ^ a b c d Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx?, retrieved 17 December 2010  which cited: A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192800507  for the given name "Oscar".

See also

  • List of Irish-language given names

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Johan (given name) — Infobox Given Name Revised name = Johan imagesize= caption= pronunciation= gender = Male meaning = region = Germanic origin = related names = John footnotes = Johan is a masculine given name of German language origin, meaning God is gracious .… …   Wikipedia

  • Randall (given name) — Randall is a male given name.Origins* Randall or Randolph are both derived from the Old English Randwulf or Old Norse Randólfr ( shieldwolf ), from rand (ON rönd ) the rim of a shield and wulf (ON úlfr ) wolf , a kenning meaning hunter or enemy… …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar — Oscar, The Oscar, OSCAR or Oskar may refer to: Academy Award or Oscar, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for cinematic film achievements OSCAR Radio, a radio station run by the pupils of Oundle School… …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar — /os keuhr/, Trademark. one of a group of statuettes awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance. Cf. Academy Award. [allegedly named in 1931 by an employee of… …   Universalium

  • Oscar Pistorius — Pistorius taking part in the Landsmót ungmennafélags Íslands in Kópavogur, Iceland, the largest sporting event in the country, on 8 July 2007 Personal information Nickname(s) Blade Runner; the fastest man on no legs; Oz Pistorius …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar Zeta Acosta — Oscar Acosta redirects here. For the Major League Baseball pitching coach, see Oscar Carlos Acosta Oscar Zeta Acosta Oscar Zeta Acosta giving a speech Born April 8, 1935 El Paso, Texas, United States Died …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar Safuan — Oscar Safuán Background information Birth name Oscar Nelson Safuán Also known as Oscar Safuán …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar Wegner — Full name Oscar Enrique Wegner Country USA Residence San Diego, CA Born July 26, 1939 (1939 07 26) (age 72) …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar (1967 film) — Oscar Directed by Édouard Molinaro Produced by Alain Poiré Written by Louis de Funès Jean Halain Claude Magnier (play) Édouard Molinaro …   Wikipedia

  • Oscar De La Hoya — Statistics Nickname(s) The Golden Boy Rated at Super Featherweight Lightweight …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.