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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Of God-Like Power

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Oswald

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

A few facts about the boy's name Oswald:

  • Records indicate that 2,080 boys in the United States have been named Oswald since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1916, when 107 people in the U.S. were given the name Oswald. Those people are now 104 years old.

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      2 Negative Comments

  • "Your kid will be made fun of for life. Especially because of the blue octopus guy. Everyone will say Wheres Waldo? and make fun of him. Dont do that to your poor kid!" Oct. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Unfortunately, this will always be associated with the three men who ruined this name forever: British fascist (Sir) Oswald Mosley, JFK's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (his surname was Oswald), and Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot AKA The Penguin, one of Batman's arch-enemies known for his umbrella tricks." Apr. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      2 Neutral Comments

  • "Still usually part of that infamous band of terminally old-fashioned names (the others are Mortimer, Wilbur, Elmer, Irving, Adolph, Lester, Myron, and Melvin while their female counterparts are Ethel, Beulah, Hortense, Hester, Irma, Hildegard, Eunice, and Bertha). However, if some brave souls begin to use a name like Oswald at all, it'd probably prove an alternative to the now-popular Oscar, for both share "Ozzy" (think Ozzy Osbourne) as a nickname. The only trouble is, a child of this name may become the victim of them "Penguin" or "Lee Harvey Oswald" taunts when he goes to school, so I'd probably think twice about ever using it." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Let's not forget that fictional octopus in the children's cartoon series with this name as its title. This is probably another one to put parents off naming their sons Oswald for years to come." Jun. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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