Name: Oswald

Origin and Meaning of the Name Oswald

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, possibly divine power
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
  • Pronunciation:
    (OS vahld)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Oswald)
  • Rating:

Miscellaneous Info for Oswald

  • Categories:
  • Used in:
    English, French and German speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    It is of Germanic origin. It might be derived from the Old English elements os "god" and weald "rule".
    It was the name of two saints, including Saint Oswald king of Northumbria. He participated in spreading Christianity to northeast England in the 7th century.
    The name also appears as a character of Shakespeare's King Lear. Oswald is Goneril's servant, and is described as "a serviceable villain".
    The name had negative connotations in America after President Kennedy's assasination due to Lee Harvey Oswald.

Similar Names to Oswald for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Oswald (US top 1000 names since 1880)

Popularity Rank

Oswald - Rankings by Year

Boy ranks Boys
(Source: U.S. SSA)
The name meaning of Oswald and the name origin of Oswald have been reviewed by our name experts.