Names Starting with O

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ORTWINmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and win "friend".
Means "sky" in Basque.
Variant of ORVILLE.
ǪRVARmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of ORVAR.
ORVARmSwedish, Norse Mythology
Means "arrow" in Old Norse. Orvar Odd is a legendary Norse hero who is the subject of a 13th-century Icelandic saga.
This name was invented by the 18th-century writer Fanny Burney, who perhaps intended it to mean "golden city" in French. Orville Wright (1871-1948), together with his brother Wilbur, invented the first successful airplane.
Means "pansy flower" in Finnish.
Variant transcription of USAMA.
From Japanese (osamu) meaning "discipline, study", as well as other kanji which have the same pronunciation.
Means "cure, remedy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Remedios.
OSANNAfItalian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic.
OSANNEfFrench (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
Old English form of OSBORN.
Old English form of OSBERT.
OSBERTmEnglish (Rare)
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and beorht "bright". After the Norman conquest, this Old English name was merged with its Norman cognate. It was rare in the Middle Ages, and eventually died out. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
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.
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
OSBOURNEmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of OSBORN.
ÓSCARmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of OSCAR.
Catalan form of OSCAR.
OSCARmEnglish, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "deer friend", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.... [more]
OSEEmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of HOSHEA (and HOSEA) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and gar "spear".
Variant of HOSHEA used in some versions of the Bible.
Anglicized form of OISÍN.
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
Russian form of JOSEPH.
OSIRISmEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of the Egyptian Asar which is of unknown meaning. In Egyptian mythology Osiris was the god of the dead and the judge of the underworld. He was slain by his brother Seth, but revived by his wife Isis.
Icelandic form of OSCAR.
OSKARmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish
Scandinavian, German, Polish and Slovene form of OSCAR. A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who saved over 1,000 Polish Jews during World War II.
Finnish form of OSCAR.
Latvian form of OSCAR.
Short form of OSKARI.
Turkish form of UTHMAN. This was the name of the founder of the Ottoman Empire (14th century).
OSMONDmEnglish (Rare)
From the Old English elements os "god" and mund "protection". During the Anglo-Saxon period a Norse cognate Ásmundr was also used in England, and another version was imported by the Normans. Saint Osmund was an 11th-century Norman nobleman who became an English bishop. Though it eventually became rare, it was revived in the 19th century, in part from a surname that was derived from the given name.
Old English form of OSMOND.
Variant of OISÍN used by James Macpherson in his epic poems, which he claimed to have based on early Irish legends.
Ukrainian form of EUSTATHIUS.
Swedish form of EYSTEINN.
OSVALDmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of OSWALD.
OSVALDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of OSWALD.
OSWALDmEnglish, German, Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and weald "power, ruler". Saint Oswald was a king of Northumbria who introduced Christianity to northeast England in the 7th century before being killed in battle. There was also an Old Norse cognate Ásvaldr in use in England, being borne by the 10th-century Saint Oswald of Worcester, who was of Danish ancestry. Though the name had died out by the end of the Middle Ages, it was revived in the 19th century.
OSWINmEnglish (Rare)
From the Old English elements os "god" and wine "friend". Saint Oswin was a 7th-century king of Northumbria. After the Norman conquest this name was used less, and it died out after the 14th century. It was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Old English form of OSWIN.
Hungarian form of OSCAR.
Czech form of ODOVACAR. This was the name of two kings of Bohemia.
Derived from Turkic otar meaning "pasture, meadow".
OTÁVIAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OTÁVIOmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIUS.
OTGONBAYARm & fMongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
Perhaps an Italian diminutive of OTHO. Shakespeare used this name in his tragedy 'Othello' (1603), where it belongs to a Moor who is manipulated by Iago into killing his wife Desdemona.
ÓÐINNmNorse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ODIN.
Meaning uncertain, possibly "lion of God" or "strength of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a nephew of Caleb who becomes the first of the ruling judges of the Israelites.
OTHOmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen of unknown meaning. This was the name of a short-lived 1st-century Roman emperor.
OTIENOmEastern African, Luo
Means "born at night" in Luo.
Portuguese form of ODILIA.
Romanian form of ODILIA.
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name Ode, a cognate of OTTO. In America it has been used in honour of the revolutionary James Otis (1725-1783).
OTMARmGerman, Czech (Rare), Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Audamar, which was derived from the elements aud "wealth, fortune" and mari "famous". This was the name of an 8th-century Swiss saint, an abbot of Saint Gall.
OTOBONGm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
Czech form of ODOVACAR.
Means "bear" in Finnish.
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
Italian form of Octavianus (see OCTAVIAN).
Italian form of OCTAVIUS.
Swedish form of ODILIA.
German form of ODILIA.
Variant of OTMAR.
OTTOmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Ancient Germanic
Later German form of Audo or Odo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman emperor, who was known as Otto the Great. This name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece who was originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).
OTTÓmHungarian, Icelandic
Hungarian and Icelandic form of OTTO.
OTTOLINEfEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of OTTILIE. A famous bearer was the British socialite Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938).
Italian form of OTTO.
Diminutive of OTTONE.
Polish form of ODILIA.
Used by the English author Ouida (1839-1908), born Marie Louise Ramé to a French father. Ouida was a pseudonym that arose from her own childhood pronunciation of her middle name LOUISE.
OURANIAfGreek Mythology
Derived from Greek ουρανιος (ouranios) meaning "heavenly". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of astronomy and astrology, one of the nine Muses.
OURANOSmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of URANUS.
OURBANOSmBiblical Greek
Form of URBAN used in the Greek New Testament.
OURImBiblical Greek
Form of URI used in the Greek Old Testament.
Hebrew form of OBADIAH.
OVEmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Probably a modern form of the Old Danish name Aghi, originally a short form of names that contain the Old Norse element egg "edge of a sword" or agi "terror".
From the Roman family name Ovidius, which was possibly derived from Latin ovis "a sheep". Alternatively, it could have a Sabellic origin. Publius Ovidius Naso, better known as Ovid, was a 1st-century BC Roman poet who often wrote on the subjects of love and mythology. He was sent into exile by Emperor Augustus for no apparent reason.
Portuguese form of Ovidius (see OVID).
OVIDIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Ovidius (see OVID).
Romanian form of Ovidius (see OVID).
OVIDIUSmAncient Roman
Latin form of OVID.
OWAINmWelsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though it might be derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth". This was the name of several figures from Welsh history and mythology. In Arthurian legend Owain (also called Yvain in French sources) was one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and husband of the Lady of the Fountain. His character was based on that of Owain ap Urien, a 6th-century Welsh prince who fought against the Angles. This name was also borne by Owain Glyndwr, a 14th-century leader of Welsh resistance against English rule.
OWEN (1)mWelsh, English
Modern form of OWAIN.
OWEN (2)mIrish
Anglicized form of EOGHAN.
Feminine form of OWEN (1).
OXANAfUkrainian, Russian
Variant transcription of OKSANA.
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
OYIBOm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
Norwegian form of EYSTEINN.
Means "wisdom ornament" in Mongolian.
From the Old Norse name Eyvindr, which was derived from ey meaning "island" or "good fortune" and vindr possibly meaning "victor".
OZ (1)mEnglish
Short form of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
OZ (2)mHebrew
Means "strength" in Hebrew.
Means "bard" in Turkish.
OZAZIASmBiblical Greek
Form of AZAZIAH used in the Greek Bible.
Slovene form of OSWALD.
Slovene variant form of OSWALD.
Means "other, different" in Turkish.
ÖZGÜRm & fTurkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
OZImBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZI used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIASmBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIELmBiblical Greek
Form of UZZIEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
OZIHELmBiblical Latin
Form of UZZIEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
Means "yearning" in Turkish.
Means "pure Turk" in Turkish.
Diminutive of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
Variant of OZZIE.