Animals, Deer/Roe, Irish mythology, Male, Mythology, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Oscar is the name of a figure in Irish mythology, the son of Oisín, a hero and a poet, and the fairy Niamh, and the grandson of Fionn mac Cumhail. The name means “deer friend” made up from Middle Irish os (deer) and cara (friend). It could also be derived from Old English Osgar meaning “god spear” made up from Old English ōs (god) and gār (spear), or it could be a cognate of Old Norse Ásgeirr (god spear), an Old Norse form of Asger.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Óscar (Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Oskar (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish)
  • Òscar (Catalan)
  • Oskari (Finnish)
  • Oszkár (Hungarian)
  • Óskar (Icelandic)
  • Oskars (Latvian)
  • Osgar (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Ásgeirr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Ansgar (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic)
  • Asger (Danish)
  • Ásgeir (Icelandic)
  • Asgeir (Norwegian)
  • Ansigar (Ancient Germanic)



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