Oscar, meaning “divine spear” or “fighter for God,” is a classic male dog name for dogs who are independent or shy. Find out more about dogs named Oscar.


Name: Oscar

Meaning: “Divine spear,” “fighter for God”

Personality: Independent, Shy

About This Name: Golfer Joanne Lefson traveled the world with her beloved mongrel, Oscar, visiting many sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China. After Oscar died, Lefson wrote a book in 2010 detailing their adventures. One famous fictional Oscar was Oscar Madison (portrayed by Jack Klugman) on the TV sitcom The Odd Couple. Famous sports figures with this name include Oscar de la Hoya, the “Golden Boy” of boxing who won 10 world titles over his 16-year professional career. Oscar Wilde, famous author and poet, is still one of the most well-known people in literature, although he passed away in 1900. Long-running children’s show Sesame Street has a character named Oscar the Grouch, who lives in a trash can.

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