Oscar (given name)
|Derivation||os + cara|
|Meaning||"deer" + "friend"|
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The name is typically stressed on the Ó in Spain and Mexico and correctly written Óscar according to Spanish orthography, though the accent Ó is sometimes lost due to typsetting issues, particularly in Latin America. This is to be distinguished from usage where the stress is on the a, "Oscár," Oscar such as is common in Cuba.
The name may be derived from two elements in Irish: the first, os, means "deer"; the second element, cara, means "friend". The name is borne by a character in Irish mythology—Oscar, grandson of Fionn Mac Cumhail. The name is also given the Old Celtic meaning of Jumping Fighter and the Norse and American meaning of Divine Spear. The name was popularised in the 18th century by James Macpherson, creator of "Ossianic poetry". Today the name is associated with Scandinavia because Napoleon was an admirer of Macpherson's work and gave the name to his godson, Joseph Bernadotte, who later became Oscar I, King of Sweden. The given name Oscar is also linked with the Old English Ōsgār and the Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, both of which come from Ōs/Ás -"God" and gār/geirr - "Spear"
- Basque, Czech, German, Norwegian, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish: Oskar.
- Catalan: Òscar.
- Danish, Dutch, English, French, Irish, Romanian: Oscar
- Esperanto: Oskaro
- Finnish: Oskari, Okko (a pet form of Oskari).
- Hungarian: Oszkár.
- Italian: Oscar, Oscare.
- Icelandic: Óskar.
- Latvian: Oskars.
- Lithuanian: Oskaras.
- Portuguese, Spanish: Óscar.
- Russian, Ukrainian: Оскар (Oskar).
- Scandinavian: Oskar.
- Scottish Gaelic: Osgar.
- Slovak: Oskár.
People with the given name Oscar
- Oscar I of Sweden, Swedish king of Sweden and Norway
- Oscar II of Sweden, Swedish king of Sweden and Norway
- Count Oscar Bernadotte of Wisborg, Swedish duke of Gotland, prince of Sweden and Norway
- Oscar Álvarez, Colombian road cyclist
- Oscar Bernardi, Brazilian soccer player once known as "Oscar" (though "Oscar" by itself now in Brazil usually refers to the basketball player)
- Oscar Brodney, American lawyer-turned-screenwriter
- Oscar Cortínez, Argentine marathon runner
- Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
- Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican-born American fashion designer
- Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, Brazilian footballer
- Oscar Fernandes, Indian politician
- Óscar Fernández, Spanish long-distance runner
- Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist
- Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer
- Oscar Pistorius, South African athlete
- Oscar Raise, Italian high jumper
- Oscar van Rappard (1896–1962), Dutch athlete and football (soccer) player
- Oscar Robertson, American basketball player
- Óscar Romero, Salvadoran priest
- Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, president of Italy
- Oscar Schmidt, Brazilian basketball player
- Óscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
- Oscar Strático, Argentine judoka and wrestler
- Óscar Téllez, Spanish football player
- Oscar Traynor, Irish commander of the Dublin brigade IRA (1920-1922)
- Óscar Vargas (cyclist), Colombian road cyclist
- Óscar Vega, Spanish boxer
- Óscar Villarreal, American baseball player
- Oscar Wendt, Swedish football player
- Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet
- Oscar Hijuelos, Cuban-American novelist
- Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
- Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, comedian, writer, and actor
- Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect
People with the given name Oskar
- Prince Oskar of Prussia, German prince
- Oskar von Hutier, German general
- Oskar Anderson, German-Russian mathematician
- Oskar Enkvist, Russian admiral
- Oskar Fischer, Czech scientist
- Oskar Fischer, German minister of foreign affairs
- Oskar Gerde, Hungarian Olympic champion saber fencer
- Oskar Heil, German inventor
- Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian-Swiss artist, poet and playwright
- Oskar Morgenstern, German economist, co-author of a Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
- Oskar Nedbal, Czech musician
- Oskar Osala, Finnish ice hockey player
- Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who saved his Jewish workers from the Holocaust
- Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school.
- Oskar Vogt, German physician and neurologist
Fictional characters with the given name Oscar or Oskar
- Oscar (Irish mythology), the warrior son of Oisín and Niamh
- Oscar Bluth, a character from the television series Arrested Development
- Oscar François de Jarjayes, the main character of the manga and anime series Rose of Versailles
- Oscar Goldman, a character from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
- Oscar the Grouch, a Muppet on Sesame Street
- Oscar Madison, a character from The Odd Couple
- Oscar Martinez (The Office), a character from The Office
- Oskar Matzerath, main character of The Tin Drum
- Oscar Shales, a fictional fugitive from the television series Prison Break
- Oskar Schell, the fictional protagonist from the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Oscar, a Lance Knight in the game Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- Oscar, a fish in Fish Hooks
- Oskar Eriksson, the main character in Let the Right One In
- Oscar Blaketon, character in Heartbeat
- Oscar Branning, a fictional child from EastEnders
- Oscar Osborne, a fictional child from Hollyoaks
- Oscar, a fictional knight in the video game Dark Souls
Gambling systems with the name of Oscar
In Roulette the Oscar System, also known as the Oskar System, and the Oscar Grind System, also known as the Oskar Grind System, attempts to make one chip profit in every cycle with plus zero after a loss in the mini cycle and plus one after a win. The difference between the Oscar System and the Oscar Grind System is that the Oscar Grind System also limits mini cycle profits to just one chip.
People with the given name Oskari
- Tommi Oskari Frösén, Finnish high jumper
- Pentti Oskari Kangas, Finnish singer
- Oskari Mantere, Finnish politician
- Antti Oskari Tokoi, Finnish politician
- Oskari Olavi Virta, Finnish singer
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 212, 354, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 239, ISBN 0-19-863146-4.
- Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2003), A dictionary of first names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198606052
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