Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AHZ-wawld(English)

Meaning & History

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.

Related Names

DiminutivesOz, Ozzie, Ozzy(English)
Other Languages & CulturesAnsovald(Ancient Germanic) Osvald(Danish) Osvaldo, Ansaldo(Italian) Osvald(Norwegian) Ásvaldr(Old Norse) Osvaldo(Portuguese) Ožbalt, Ožbej(Slovene) Osvaldo(Spanish) Osvald(Swedish)


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Poland: August 5
Poland: August 22


Sources & References

  1. Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England, available from

Entry updated February 4, 2020