With apologies to my niece Brynn today I'm picking my own name. I"m not going to retread the Branko debate even though it would be supremely easy to do because I have ammo for years on the subject. Nope, today I'm kicking old school. Today I'm going into my own family history and looking at name from my mother's side of the tree.
Origin: English and Irish languages. Cognates include the Scottish Gaelic Osgar, and the German and Scandinavian Oskar, and the Finnish Oskari, also Spanish.
Meaning: The name is 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 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, Oscar Bernadotte, who later became Oscar I, King of Sweden.The given name Oscar is not to be confused with the Old English Ōsgār, which is of an entirely different origin (from two Old English elements meaning "god" and "spear"). - from Wikipedia.
Notable Name Bearers:
- Oscar I of Sweden, king of Sweden and Norway
- Oscar II of Sweden, king of Sweden and Norway
- Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
- Oscar de la Renta, a Dominican-born American fashion designer
- Oscar Pistorius, South African athlete and murderer; Blade Runner
- Oscar Robertson, NBA legend
- Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who saved his Jewish workers from the Holocaust
- Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet
- Oscar the Grouch, a Muppet on Sesame Street
Comments: In a historical context I think this name is great. Look at that list above. Many powerful, athletic and wonderfully creative people have carried this name. My Swedish heritage and the urging of my mother have me ranking this in the top 5. It has a high rank even though I have a negative association with the name. There was an upperclassmen in high school that was a total ass-bag named Oscar. He was quite the bully. I actually ran into him not too long ago and he seems to have changed, either that or I just DGAF anymore. The point though is that I have put aside my childish opinions of people from my past to embrace a name that previously made me vomit. I hope that the wife is picking up what I'm laying down here. BRANKO!!
I included Oscar the Grouch for the wife. She has been known to a bit of a crank from time to time and I thought if we named our son that, the two of them would have more in common and could relate to each other that much more! HA!! INYOFACE!!