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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 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.
DiminutivesOz, Ozzie, Ozzy
Other Languages & CulturesÁsbjörn, 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


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute