Oriole

Oriole is the name of a family of passerine birds. The name comes from Old French oriol which derives from Latin aureolus meaning “gold, golden”, a diminutive of aureus (gold) via Latin aurum (gold) which derives from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Ori Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Oswald

Oswald is an Old English male name meaning “god power” or “god ruler”, made up from Old English elements ōs (god) and weald (power, ruler). Oswald is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Os, Oz, Ozzie/Ozzy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ozwald (English) Osvald (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Osvaldo (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian) Ansaldo (Italian) Ansovald (Ancient…

Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or…

Ogden

Ogden comes from an English surname via a locational name meaning “oak valley” made up from Old English elements āc (oak) and denu (valley). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Omar

Omar is both a Hebrew and an Arabic name with different meanings depending on the origin. As a Hebrew name it means “speaker” which comes from Hebrew verb amar אָמַר meaning “to say, tell”. As an Arabic name it’s a variant transcription of Umar meaning “flourishing, prosperous, long-lived, life”, and is also a surname originating from the given…

Oscar

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…

Orsino

Orsino is an Italian male name, the Italian form of Ursinus, a Roman name derived from Latin Ursus meaning “bear” via Proto-Italic *orssos (bear) which derives from a PIE root word. Orsino is also an Italian surname originating from the given name. Orsino features as a character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (1600-01). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Orso (Italian) Orsolo (Italian) Ursinus (Late…

Otto

Otto is a German male name which started out as a short form of names beginning with the German element aud meaning “wealth, fortune” via Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches). Otto is also a German, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Danish, and English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odo (Ancient Germanic) Audo (Ancient Germanic) Udo (German)…

Odell

Odell comes from an English surname which comes from a place name (Woodhill) near in a town in Bedfordshire. It’s made up from Old English wād meaning “woad” (woad being the name of plant from which blue dye is extracted from the leaves) and hyll (hill) so essentially meaning “woad hill”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: O’dell (English) Odyll…