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Oscar

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Oscar

"Oscar" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Deer lover". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
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From Irish Osgar, from os (“deer”) + cara (“friend”); resuscitated by James Mcpherson in The Works of Ossian (1765). Napoleon, an admirer of the Ossianic poems, chose it for his godson Oscar Bernadotte, who became a king of Sweden. It can also be explained by Old English ōs (“god”) and gār (“spear”) (see Oswald).

  1. A male given name.
  2. The letter O in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  3. (informal) An Academy Award.
  4. A statuette awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Oscar

Oscar Wilde was a writer. Oscar was given the name Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16th, 1854 in Dublin. He breathed his last breath on November 30th, 1900.

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Oscar Isaac is an actor and musician. He was most active from 2002 to present. Oscar was given the name Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada on March 9th, 1979 in Guatemala.

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Oscar Pistorius is an athlete. Oscar was born on November 22nd, 1986 in Sandton.

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Oscar Robertson is a basketball player for the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks. His career lasted from 1960 to 1974. Oscar was born on November 24th, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee.

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Oscar De La Hoya is a boxer. Oscar was born on February 4th, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Oscar is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., União Agrícola Barbarense Futebol Clube, São Paulo FC, Sport Club Internacional, Brazil national under-20 football team, Brazil national under-23 football team, and Brazil national football team. Oscar was born on September 9th, 1991 in Americana, São Paulo. Oscar is also known as Dos Santos Emboaba Junior and Oscar.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Oscar

Oscar is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., União Agrícola Barbarense Futebol Clube, São Paulo FC, Sport Club Internacional, Brazil national under-20 football team, Brazil national under-23 football team, and Brazil national football team. Oscar was born on September 9th, 1991 in Americana, São Paulo. Oscar is also known as Dos Santos Emboaba Junior and Oscar.

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He holds the title Duke of Skåne. Prince was born as the child of Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, Victoria, and Crown Princess of Sweden on March 2nd, 2016 in Karolinska University Hospital.

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Brad was born on September 22nd, 1964 in Washington, D.C.

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He holds the title Prince Christian Oscar of Hanover. Prince was born as the child of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia on September 1st, 1919 in Gmunden. He left this life on December 10th, 1981.

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Paul Oscar is a pop music pop singer, songwriter, disc jockey, and pop music. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to 1993. Paul was given the name Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson on March 16th, 1970 in Reykjavík. Paul is also known as Páll Óskar; Paul Oscar and Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson.

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He holds the title Duke of Södermanland. Prince was born as the child of Charles XV of Sweden and Louise of the Netherlands on December 14th, 1852 in Stockholm Palace. He passed away on March 13th, 1854.

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How popular is the baby name Oscar in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 544 0 544 #29 boy name
1881 530 0 530 #28 boy name
1882 625 0 625 #28 boy name
1883 607 0 607 #26 boy name
1884 615 0 615 #30 boy name
1885 623 0 623 #28 boy name
1886 650 5 645 #26 boy name
1887 574 0 574 #29 boy name
1888 647 0 647 #31 boy name
1889 577 5 572 #32 boy name
1890 635 7 628 #29 boy name
1891 551 0 551 #32 boy name
1892 639 5 634 #33 boy name
1893 574 0 574 #32 boy name
1894 601 0 601 #34 boy name
1895 549 0 549 #39 boy name
1896 539 0 539 #40 boy name
1897 543 0 543 #37 boy name
1898 551 5 546 #41 boy name
1899 447 0 447 #46 boy name
1900 568 5 563 #47 boy name
1901 428 6 422 #47 boy name
1902 397 0 397 #55 boy name
1903 427 0 427 #51 boy name
1904 442 0 442 #54 boy name
1905 436 0 436 #56 boy name
1906 412 0 412 #64 boy name
1907 483 0 483 #59 boy name
1908 476 0 476 #65 boy name
1909 466 7 459 #70 boy name
1910 505 0 505 #73 boy name
1911 636 0 636 #68 boy name
1912 1,164 7 1,157 #73 boy name
1913 1,256 7 1,249 #76 boy name
1914 1,561 8 1,553 #77 boy name
1915 1,802 14 1,788 #88 boy name
1916 1,924 8 1,916 #86 boy name
1917 1,970 9 1,961 #87 boy name
1918 2,124 11 2,113 #87 boy name
1919 1,996 5 1,991 #88 boy name
1920 2,018 12 2,006 #90 boy name
1921 1,996 18 1,978 #92 boy name
1922 2,020 13 2,007 #92 boy name
1923 1,890 9 1,881 #96 boy name
1924 1,824 7 1,817 #99 boy name
1925 1,767 10 1,757 #99 boy name
1926 1,729 13 1,716
1927 1,646 14 1,632
1928 1,476 9 1,467
1929 1,498 19 1,479
1930 1,483 17 1,466
1931 1,355 21 1,334
1932 1,269 14 1,255
1933 1,121 11 1,110
1934 1,106 11 1,095
1935 1,099 7 1,092
1936 1,022 13 1,009
1937 995 7 988
1938 1,034 11 1,023
1939 1,009 8 1,001
1940 942 6 936
1941 1,027 8 1,019
1942 962 6 956
1943 1,084 10 1,074
1944 917 6 911
1945 945 7 938
1946 1,027 10 1,017
1947 1,118 8 1,110
1948 1,108 8 1,100
1949 1,132 6 1,126
1950 1,112 9 1,103
1951 1,073 7 1,066
1952 1,095 9 1,086
1953 1,205 8 1,197
1954 1,280 11 1,269
1955 1,160 7 1,153
1956 1,138 6 1,132
1957 1,211 8 1,203
1958 1,078 8 1,070
1959 1,085 5 1,080
1960 1,067 0 1,067
1961 1,043 0 1,043
1962 1,014 5 1,009
1963 1,028 6 1,022
1964 1,011 11 1,000
1965 994 8 986
1966 943 0 943
1967 939 5 934
1968 905 0 905
1969 1,019 10 1,009
1970 1,054 8 1,046
1971 1,078 12 1,066
1972 1,122 10 1,112
1973 1,076 8 1,068
1974 1,204 8 1,196
1975 1,241 10 1,231
1976 1,244 13 1,231
1977 1,285 11 1,274
1978 1,329 14 1,315
1979 1,321 11 1,310
1980 1,411 15 1,396
1981 1,473 9 1,464
1982 1,498 11 1,487
1983 1,385 16 1,369
1984 1,439 19 1,420
1985 1,602 11 1,591
1986 1,584 12 1,572
1987 1,674 15 1,659
1988 1,736 7 1,729
1989 1,972 10 1,962
1990 2,348 22 2,326
1991 2,465 21 2,444
1992 2,604 19 2,585
1993 2,868 20 2,848
1994 2,867 24 2,843
1995 2,745 18 2,727
1996 3,012 14 2,998
1997 2,987 17 2,970
1998 3,017 11 3,006
1999 3,143 18 3,125
2000 3,186 8 3,178
2001 3,200 8 3,192
2002 3,250 17 3,233
2003 3,313 14 3,299
2004 3,360 15 3,345
2005 3,466 7 3,459
2006 3,607 6 3,601
2007 3,554 8 3,546
2008 3,560 0 3,560
2009 3,121 7 3,114
2010 2,667 5 2,662
2011 2,374 0 2,374
2012 2,195 0 2,195
2013 2,241 0 2,241
2014 2,318 0 2,318
2015 2,296 5 2,291
2016 2,251 0 2,251

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Popularity of Oscar as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Oscar U.S.
  White 29.03% 64.26%
  African American 43.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.29% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 18.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Oscar

People with the last name Oscar are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Oscar

  • How Popular is the name Oscar? Oscar is the 374th most popular name of all time. As a last name Oscar was the 16,214th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Oscar have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 197,856 babies born with the first name Oscar in the United States. That's more than enough people named Oscar to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Oscar? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 544 new born babies.
  • When was Oscar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Oscar is Tuesday, July 20th, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Oscar born? The highest recorded use of the first name Oscar was in 2006 with a total of 3,601 babies. That's a lot of babies named Oscar!
  • Random Oscar Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Oscar ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 25 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Oscar: Your name in reverse order is Racso. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rasoc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Oscar? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,781 people with the last name Oscar.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Oscar? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Oscar as their last name since less than 1 person in 167k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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