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Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Spear of God

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Oscar

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Oscar in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Oscar:

  • Records indicate that 187,271 boys in the United States have been named Oscar since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2006, when 3,552 people in the U.S. were given the name Oscar. Those people are now 14 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Oscar

    92% Approval Rating
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      11 Positive Comments

  • "Baby due in a month. Hubs and I have considered thousands of names from all cultures and languages and Oscar is the only one we agree on so far." Apr. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oscar the grouch and Sesame Street are great, people are so ready to name their kids ugly stupid violent names like Hunter yet they whine over a kid's TV show" Feb. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is top of my list for the baby I'm expecting in a few months! Still trying to test my resolve by finding a name to challenge it, but so far none come close. It's quirky but well-established, strong but not in an overbearing macho way. I love it." Dec. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Oscar. He was born in 2010. The only thing I can say is the name fits him perfectly. He is so spirited and happy and intense and inquisitive. He is our baby Oscar." Jul. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love my name. Especially more that it is spelled Oskar" May. 25, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "If there is one person in my life I lost too soon it was my dear grandfather PaPa Oscar. A very distiguished & very smart gentleman from Ireland. My 13 year old son loves this name & we're in the process of changing his middle name and keeping it in the family. LOVE IT!!" Dec. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oscar is a family name in my family. Sometimes it's the middle, sometimes it's the first. I gave my son this middle name to honour my dad. As a surprising note I've met a few parents of young Oscars, and I've found they chose the name because it is quite an international name. You can find Oscars of some spelling all over the globe! Even on Sesame Street!" Feb. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name. my future baby boy is gonna have this name" Apr. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our 4th boy Ozzie... It fits him perfect and I get tons of compliments on his name." Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! I think "Ozzie" would be a cute nickname." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bros name is oscar. i think it fits him because hes smart , cute , sweet, etc. thats why i like this name ." Feb. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "It's No longer trendy and i'm sorry to say but oscar the grouch did give this name a bad reputation.AKA SESAME STREET INC." Oct. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "I am pregnant and if I have a boy it will be a toss up between Oscar and Xavier. What do people think???" Nov. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oscar is a classic name with a slight edge and funkiness to it." Apr. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son (7 yrs) is called Oscar as we wanted something short, pronouncable, spellable, easy to remember but slightly different. It will NEVER be shortened to Ozzie." Jun. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oscar the Grouch in 'Sesame Street' is one of those Jim Henson creations, and I think that for a while, most parents refused to name their sons Oscar because of that character, which some people even today associate the name with. But with Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson each having a son named Oscar, and the fact that Oscar never fell entirely out of fashion anyway (especially with homosexuality no longer being illegal as opposed to the days of Oscar Wilde and as recently as the Beatles era), it is believed Oscar is finally beginning to make a comeback - in England as well as the United States." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Seems to be increasing in popularity again, partly because Australian actor Hugh Jackman chose this name for his son, yet the downside is the fact that one of the 'Muppets' characters bears this name, and even now, people still talk about Oscar Wilde, the Anglo-Irish playwright from over a century ago who was noted for 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' in 1891 and 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' in 1895, the year he also showed his infamous side at a time when homosexuality was illegal, when he was tried for his liaison with Lord Alfred Douglas, which caused the name's downfall for a while until recently. I still don't think I'd ever name my son Oscar, though, as instead I'd probably carry on associating this name with Oscar Wilde, who died in 1900 a broken man, when he was aged 46." May. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oscar the grouch kind of killed this name. But it is very beautiful sounding, classic and rare. I've yet to meet an Oscar." Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A friend phoned me this morning to say her daughter has had a baby boy and named him Oscar." May. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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