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Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. AHZ-bawrn
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Meaning & History

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.

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DiminutivesOz, Ozzie, Ozzy
Other Languages & CulturesÁsbjǫrn, 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)
Surname DescendantsOsborne, Osbourne(English)

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