Given Name OSBORN

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: AHZ-born  [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and beorn "bear". During the Anglo-Saxon period there was also a Norse cognate Ásbjörn used in England, and after the Norman conquest the Norman cognate Osbern was introduced. It was occasionally revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the given name.


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DIMINUTIVES: Oz, Ozzie, Ozzy
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Ásbjörn, Bjarni (Ancient Scandinavian), Osbeorn (Anglo-Saxon), Asbjørn, Esben, Bjarne, Ebbe, Espen (Danish), Bjarni (Faroese), Ásbjörn, Bjarni (Icelandic), Asbjørn, Espen, Bjarne, Ebbe, Esben (Norwegian), Asbjörn, Esbjörn, Bjarne, Ebbe (Swedish)
Entry updated December 3, 2014