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Oscar (given name)

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Gender  Male
Language(s)  Irish
Meaning  Friend of Deer
Language(s)  Irish
Derivation  os + cara
Pronunciation  /ˈɒskər/ Spanish: [ˈoskar] Portuguese: [ˈɔʃkaɾ] Italian: [ˈɔskar] German: [ˈoskaːɐ̯]

Oscar or Oskar is a masculine given name derived from either Irish or Old English.


Oscar is the third most popular name for males born in Sweden. Oskar is ranked 51 in terms of the most popular male names.


The name may be derived from two elements in Irish: the first, os, means "deer"; the second element, car, means "loving", thus deer-loving one or the like. The name is borne by a character in Irish mythology—Oscar, grandson of Fionn Mac Cumhaill. In Old English, "os" means "god" and "gar" means "spear", thus "spear of god". 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, Joseph Bernadotte, who later became Oscar I, King of Sweden. Consequently, at the time many Swedes were named Oscar. The name was given to more than a half-dozen members of Scandinavian royal houses.

The surname McCusker originates as an Anglicised form of the Irish Mac Oscair as does the anglicised surname Cosgrave. The former surname may originate from Oscar, or else from a Gaelicised form of the Old Norse Ásgeirr (a personal name itself composed of the elements meaning "god" and "spear").


  • Austrian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Polish, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Swedish, Swiss German: Oskar.
  • Icelandic: Óskar.
  • Danish, Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish: Oscar.
  • Spanish: Óscar.
  • Finnish: Oskari, Okko, Osku (a pet form of Oskari).
  • Latin: Anscharius.
  • Latvian: Oskars.
  • Scottish Gaelic: Osgar.
  • People with the given name Oscar

  • Oscar I of Sweden, Swedish king of Sweden and Norway
  • Oscar II of Sweden, Swedish king of Sweden and Norway
  • Count Oscar Bernadotte of Wisborg, Swedish duke of Gotland, prince of Sweden and Norway
  • Oscar Álvarez, Colombian road cyclist
  • Oscar Bernardi, Brazilian soccer player once known as "Oscar" (though "Oscar" by itself now in Brazil usually refers to the basketball player)
  • Oscar Brodney, American lawyer-turned-screenwriter
  • Óscar Chinchilla (born 1969), Guatemalan politician
  • Oscar Cortínez, Argentine marathon runner
  • Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
  • Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican-born American fashion designer
  • Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • Oscar Fernandes, Indian politician
  • Óscar Fernández, Spanish long-distance runner
  • Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
  • Oscar Gamble, American baseball player
  • Oscar Hammerstein I (1847-1919), German-American theatre impresario
  • Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), American songwriter and musical director
  • Oscar Henry Haynes, Jr., American sheriff
  • Oscar Hijuelos, Cuban-American novelist
  • Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, comedian, writer, and actor
  • Oscar Lloyd, British actor
  • Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect
  • Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist
  • Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • Oscar Pistorius, South African athlete
  • Oscar Raise, Italian high jumper
  • Oscar van Rappard (1896–1962), Dutch athlete and football (soccer) player
  • Oscar Robertson, American basketball player
  • Óscar Romero, Salvadoran priest
  • Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, president of Italy
  • Oscar Schmidt, Brazilian basketball player
  • Óscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • Oscar Strático, Argentine judoka and wrestler
  • Óscar Téllez, Spanish football player
  • Oscar Traynor, Irish commander of the Dublin brigade IRA (1920-1922)
  • Óscar Vargas (cyclist), Colombian road cyclist
  • Óscar Vega, Spanish boxer
  • Óscar Villarreal, American baseball player
  • Oscar Wendt, Swedish football player
  • Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet
  • People with the given name Oskar

  • Oskar Alexander, Croatian academic painter and professor
  • Oskar Anderson, German-Russian mathematician
  • Oskar Andersson, Swedish cartoonist
  • Oskar Backlund, Swedish-Russian astronomer
  • Oskar Dirlewanger, German military officer and war criminal
  • Oskar Enkvist, Russian admiral
  • Oskar Fischer, Czech scientist
  • Oskar Fischer, German minister of foreign affairs
  • Oskar Gerde, Hungarian Olympic champion saber fencer
  • Óskar Halldórsson, Icelandic scholar
  • Oskar Heil, German inventor
  • Oskar Homolka, Austrian film and theatre actor
  • Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian-Swiss artist, poet and playwright
  • Oskar Lafontaine, German Minister of Finance
  • Oskar Merikanto, Finnish musician and composer
  • Oskar Morgenstern, German economist, co-author of a Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
  • Oskar Nedbal, Czech musician
  • Oskar Osala, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Oskar Potiorek, Slovene officer of the Austro-Hungarian Army and Governor of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Oskar Roehler, German film director, screen writer and journalist
  • Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who saved his Jewish workers from the Holocaust
  • Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school.
  • Oskar Vogt, German physician and neurologist
  • Oskar von Hutier, German general
  • Prince Oskar of Prussia, German prince
  • Fictional characters with the given name Oscar or Oskar

  • Oscar (Irish mythology), the warrior son of Oisín and Niamh
  • Oscar Bluth, a character from the television series Arrested Development
  • Oscar François de Jarjayes, the main character of the manga and anime series Rose of Versailles
  • Oscar Goldman, a character from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
  • Oscar the Grouch, a Muppet on Sesame Street
  • Oskar Kokoshka, a character from Hey Arnold!
  • Oscar Madison, a character from The Odd Couple
  • Oscar Martinez (The Office), a character from The Office
  • Oskar Matzerath, main character of The Tin Drum
  • Oscar Shales, a fictional fugitive from the television series Prison Break
  • Oskar Schell, the fictional protagonist from the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Oscar, a Lance Knight in the game Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  • Oscar, a fish in Fish Hooks
  • Oskar Eriksson, the main character in Let the Right One In
  • Oscar Blaketon, character in Heartbeat
  • Oscar Branning, a fictional child from EastEnders
  • Oscar Osborne, a fictional child from Hollyoaks
  • Oscar, a fictional knight in the video game Dark Souls
  • Oscar, a kidnapped infant character in the film Ghostbusters II
  • People with the given name Oskari

  • Oskari Frösén, Finnish high jumper
  • Oskari Mantere, Finnish politician
  • Oskari Tokoi, Finnish politician
  • References

    Oscar (given name) Wikipedia