Names Starting with O

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ORMOND m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Ruaidh meaning "descendant of RUADH".
ORNA (1) f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNA (2) f Hebrew
Feminine form of OREN.
ORNAT f Irish
Anglicized form of ODHARNAIT.
ORNELLA f Italian
Created by the Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio for his novel La Figlia di Jorio (1904). It is derived from Tuscan Italian ornello meaning "flowering ash tree".
OROITZ m Basque
Means "memory" in Basque.
'ORPAH f Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of ORPAH.
ORPAH f Biblical
Means "back of the neck" in Hebrew. Orpah is Naomi's second daughter-in-law in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
ORPHA f Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, English
Form of ORPAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
ORPHEUS m Greek Mythology
Perhaps related to Greek ορφνη (orphne) meaning "the darkness of night". In Greek mythology Orpheus was a poet and musician who went to the underworld to retrieve his dead wife Eurydice. He succeeded in charming Hades with his lyre, and he was allowed to lead his wife out of the underworld on the condition that he not look back at her until they reached the surface. Unfortunately, just before they arrived his love for her overcame his will and he glanced back at her, causing her to be drawn back to Hades.
ORRELL m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "ore hill" in Old English.
ORRIN m Irish
Anglicized form of ODHRÁN.
ORSINA f Italian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSINO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman name Ursinus, itself derived from Ursus (see URS). This is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night (1602).
ORSO m Italian
Italian form of Ursus (see URS).
ORSOLA f Italian
Italian form of URSULA.
ORSOLYA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of URSULA.
ORSON m English
From a Norman nickname derived from a diminutive of Norman French ors "bear", ultimately from Latin ursus. American actor and director Orson Welles (1915-1985) was a famous bearer of this name.
ORTRUN f German (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and run "secret".
ORTWIN m German, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements ort "point" and win "friend".
ORTZI m Basque
Means "sky" in Basque.
ORVAL m English
Variant of ORVILLE.
ǪRVAR m Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of ORVAR.
ORVAR m Swedish, Norse Mythology
Means "arrow" in Old Norse. Orvar Odd is a legendary Norse hero who is the subject of a 13th-century Icelandic saga.
ORVILLE m English
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.
ORVOKKI f Finnish
Means "pansy flower" in Finnish.
OSAMA m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic أسامة (see USAMA).
OSAMU m Japanese
From Japanese (osamu) meaning "discipline, study", as well as other kanji that have the same pronunciation.
OSANE f Basque
Means "cure, remedy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Remedios.
OSANNA f Italian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic, as well as a 16th-century Montenegrin saint.
OSANNE f French (Rare)
French form of OSANNA.
OSBEORN m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of OSBORN.
OSBERHT m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of OSBERT.
OSBERT m English (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.
OSBORN m English
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and beorn "bear". During the Anglo-Saxon period there was also a Norse cognate Ásbjǫrn 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.
OSBORNE m English
From a surname that was a variant of OSBORN.
OSBOURNE m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of OSBORN.
ÓSCAR m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of OSCAR.
ÒSCAR m Catalan
Catalan form of OSCAR.
OSCAR m English, 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]
OSEE m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of HOSHEA (and HOSEA) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OSGAR m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements os "god" and gar "spear".
OSHEA m Biblical
Variant of HOSHEA used in some versions of the Bible.
OSHEEN m Irish
Anglicized form of OISÍN.
OSHER m & f Hebrew
Means "happiness" in Hebrew.
OSHRAT f Hebrew
Feminine form of OSHER.
OSIP m Russian
Russian form of JOSEPH.
OSIRIS m Egyptian 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.
ÓSKAR m Icelandic
Icelandic form of OSCAR.
OSKAR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish
Scandinavian, German, Polish and Slovene form of OSCAR. A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who is credited for saved over 1,000 Polish Jews during World War II.
OSKARI m Finnish
Finnish form of OSCAR.
OSKARS m Latvian
Latvian form of OSCAR.
OSKU m Finnish
Short form of OSKARI.
OSMAN m Turkish, Kurdish
Turkish and Kurdish form of UTHMAN. This was the name of the founder of the Ottoman Empire (14th century).
OSMOND m English (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.
OSMUND m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of OSMOND.
OSSIAN m Literature
Variant of OISÍN used by James Macpherson in his epic poems, which he claimed to have based on early Irish legends.
OSTAP m Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of EUSTATHIUS.
ÖSTEN m Swedish
Swedish form of EYSTEINN.
OSVALD m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of OSWALD.
OSVALDO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of OSWALD.
OSWALD m English, 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.
OSWIN m English (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.
OSWINE m Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of OSWIN.
OSZKÁR m Hungarian
Hungarian form of OSCAR.
OTA m Czech, Sorbian
Czech and Sorbian form of OTTO.
OTAKAR m Czech
Czech form of ODOVACAR. This was the name of two kings of Bohemia.
OTAR m Georgian
Derived from Turkic otar meaning "pasture, meadow".
OTÁVIA f Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIA.
OTÁVIO m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of OCTAVIUS.
OTGONBAYAR m & f Mongolian
Means "youngest joy" in Mongolian.
OTHELLO m Literature
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.
ÓÐINN m Norse Mythology, Icelandic
Old Norse and Icelandic form of ODIN.
OTHMAN m Arabic, Malay
Alternate transcription of Arabic عثمان (see UTHMAN), as well as the usual Malay form.
OTHNIEL m Biblical
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.
OTHO m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen of unknown meaning. This was the name of a short-lived 1st-century Roman emperor.
OTIENO m Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at night" in Luo.
OTÍLIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of ODILIA.
OTILIA f Romanian, Spanish
Romanian and Spanish form of ODILIA.
OTIS m English
From an English surname that 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).
OTMAR m German, 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.
OTO m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of OTTO.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OTOKAR m Czech
Czech form of ODOVACAR.
OTSO m Finnish
Means "bear" in Finnish.
OTTAVIA f Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
OTTAVIANO m Italian
Italian form of Octavianus (see OCTAVIAN).
OTTAVIO m Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIUS.
OTTILIA f Swedish
Swedish form of ODILIA.
OTTILIE f German
German form of ODILIA.
OTTMAR m German
Variant of OTMAR.
OTTO m German, 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).
OTTÓ m Hungarian, Icelandic
Hungarian and Icelandic form of OTTO.
OTTOKAR m German (Rare)
German form of ODOVACAR.
OTTOLINE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of OTTILIE. A famous bearer was the British socialite Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938).
OTTONE m Italian
Italian form of OTTO.
OTTORINO m Italian
Diminutive of OTTONE.
OTYLIA f Polish
Polish form of ODILIA.
OUIDA f Various
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.
OUMAR m Western African
Form of UMAR used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
OUMAROU m Western African
Form of UMAR used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
OURANIA f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ουρανιος (ouranios) meaning "heavenly". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of astronomy and astrology, one of the nine Muses.
OURBANOS m Biblical Greek
Form of URBAN used in the Greek New Testament.
OURI m Biblical Greek
Form of URI used in the Greek Old Testament.
OURIAS m Biblical Greek
Greek form of URIAH.
OUSMANE m Western African
Form of UTHMAN used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
OVADIA m Hebrew
Modern Hebrew form of OBADIAH.
'OVADYAH m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of OBADIAH.
OVE m Swedish, 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".
OVED m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of OBED.
OVID m History
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.
OVÍDIO m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Ovidius (see OVID).
OVIDIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Ovidius (see OVID).
OVIDIU m Romanian
Romanian form of Ovidius (see OVID).
OVIDIUS m Ancient Roman
Latin form of OVID.
OWAIN m Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though other theories connect it to 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) m Welsh, English
Anglicized form of OWAIN.
OWEN (2) m Irish
Anglicized form of EOGHAN.
OWENA f Welsh
Feminine form of OWEN (1).
OXANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian/Russian Оксана (see OKSANA).
ØYDIS f Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYDÍS.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
ÖYKÜ f Turkish
Means "story" in Turkish.
ØYSTEIN m Norwegian
Norwegian form of EYSTEINN.
OYUNCHIMEG f Mongolian
Means "wisdom ornament" in Mongolian.
ØYVIND m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Eyvindr, which was derived from ey meaning "island" or "good fortune" and vindr possibly meaning "victor".
OZ (1) m English
Short form of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
OZ (2) m Hebrew
Means "strength" in Hebrew.
OZAN m Turkish
Means "bard" in Turkish.
OZANA f Romanian (Rare), Croatian (Rare)
Romanian and Croatian form of OSANNA.
OZAZIAS m Biblical Greek
Form of AZAZIAH used in the Greek Bible.
OŽBALT m Slovene
Slovene form of OSWALD.
OŽBEJ m Slovene
Slovene variant form of OSWALD.
ÖZGE f Turkish
Means "other, different" in Turkish.
ÖZGÜR m & f Turkish
Means "free" in Turkish.
OZI m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZI used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIAS m Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of UZZIAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
OZIEL m Biblical Greek
Form of UZZIEL used in the Greek Old Testament.
OZIHEL m Biblical Latin
Form of UZZIEL used in the Latin Old Testament.
ÖZLEM f Turkish
Means "yearning" in Turkish.
ÖZTÜRK m Turkish
Means "pure Turk" in Turkish.
OZZIE m English
Diminutive of OSWALD, OSBORN, and other names beginning with a similar sound.
OZZY m English
Variant of OZZIE.