Neutral names starting with O
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An alphabetical list of neutral names starting with O, continued from the names page, which see for more information. These are neutral-gender names, otherwise known as unisex names. They are equally appropriate for girls, boys, and people of any gender. Nonbinary people don't have to have neutral names, and many notable nonbinary people have names that are usually either masculine or feminine. Neutral names can help make it safer for people to explore their gender expressions. In English-speaking countries, some of the most familiar gender-neutral names starting with O include Oakley and Ollie. However, there are many more unisex names from around the world that start with O, more than 15 of them, as listed below. Previous page: neutral names starting with N. Next page: neutral names starting with P.
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Oakley. English. From the surname, meaning "Oak clearing," or "From the oak tree field" in Old English. In the US, Social Security Administration data shows about 1518 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 68% of the time. Keywords: forest, nature, neutral inclined, places, plants, two syllables
Ocean. English. Meaning "Ocean, the largest body of water" in English. In the US, SSA data shows about 111 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 51% of the time. Keywords: nature, nautical, neutral inclined, water
Odell. English. From the surname, from the place name. Meaning "Woad hill" in Old English. Woad is an herb that can be made into a blue dye. In the US, SSA data shows about 8049 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 79% of the time. Keywords: colours, nature, plants, two syllables
Ofir (אוֹפִיר). Hebrew. A transliteration variant of Ophir, which was a place name and a masculine name in the Bible. Its meaning is unknown. In Israel, this is currently about equally used as a feminine and masculine name. In the US, SSA data shows about 45 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 78% of the time. Keywords: Biblical, two syllables
Ollie. English. Short for masculine names such as Oliver (coming from names meaning "Elf warrior" in Ancient Germanic, or perhaps "Ancestor's descendant" in Old Norse), or feminine names Olivia and Olive (both coming from names meaning "Olive tree" in Latin). In the US, SSA data shows about 17,037 people have been named Ollie, used as a feminine name 69% of the time. SSA data shows about 17,037 people have had the variant spelling Olly, used as a feminine name 56% of the time. Keywords: magic, mystical, neutral inclined, plants, two syllables. Fictional nonbinary characters with this name include Ollie in the middle-school novel Spin With Me, by ami Polonsky. Notable nonbinary people with this name include the English musician Olly Alexander (b. 1990), lead singer of the band Years & Years.
Oluwaseyi. Western African, Yoruba. Meaning "God made this" in Yoruba. In the US, SSA data shows about 237 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 68% of the time. Keywords: five syllables, Godly, neutral inclined, religious, spiritual
Omega (Ωμέγα). English. Meaning "The last letter in the Greek alphabet (Ω), a symbol of completion and endings." Victorian parents used this for a last-born child. This can be a reference to a passage in a book of the Christian Bible, in which God says, "I am the Alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." (Revelation 22:13). This refers to alpha and omega as symbolizing birth and death, respectively. Formerly, "omega" meant the lowest-ranking wolf in a pack, but this is now understood to not reflect how pack hierarchies work in nature, only in captivity. Chemistry, physics, mathematics, political movements, and pop culture have used an omega symbol for various other things. In the US, SSA data shows about 1,627 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 86% of the time. Keywords: animals, Biblical, birth order, Christian, feminine inclined, Godly, gothic, literary, rebirth, three syllables, Victorian era
Omer (עֹמֶר). Hebrew. Meaning "Sheaf of wheat" in Hebrew. In Israel, this is a neutral name, but in the rest of the world, it is usually masculine. Keywords: food, plants, two syllables
Onyekachi. Western African, Igbo. Meaning "Who is greater than God?" in Igbo. The short form of this name is Onyeka. In the US, SSA data shows about 62 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 84% of the time. Keywords: four syllables, Godly, masculine inclined, religious, spiritual, three syllables
Onyx. English. Meaning "A type of stone, which may be black or cream in color," in English. The word ultimately comes from the Greek word for claw or fingernail (ὄνυξ), which the stone can resemble. In the US, SSA data shows about 1,034 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 61% of the time. Keywords: animals, colours, earth, magic, mystical, nature, neutral inclined, stone, two syllables
Opeyemi. Western African, Yoruba. Meaning "I should give praise" in Yoruba. In the US, SSA data shows about 48 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 56% of the time. Keywords: four syllables, Godly, neutral inclined
Ora (אוֹרָה). Hebrew. A form of the name Or (אוֹר), meaning "Light" in Hebrew. Or is currently a neutral name in Israel. Ora became a popular neutral name in the US in the 19th century. In the US, SSA data shows about 12,901 people have hbeen named Ora, used as a feminine name 88% of the time. Keywords: feminine inclined, light, one syllable, two syllables
Ordell. English. From the surname. Probably meaning "Wooded valley." In the US, SSA data shows about 64 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 78% of the time. Keywords: two syllables
Ori (אוֹרִי). Hebrew. Meaning "My light" in Hebrew. In modern-day Israel, this is strictly a feminine name. However, in the US, SSA data shows about 909 people have had this given name, used as a masculine name 89% of the time. Keywords: light, masculine inclined, two syllables
Oriel. 1. English and French. From a medieval given name, meaning "Fire strife" in Old German. Alternatively, this may come from Oriel College, which takes its name from Latin oriolum, "gallery." Yet another alternative origin is the French word for a type of birds known as orioles in English, a name which refers to their golden colour. 2. (אוריאל). Hebrew. Meaning "My light is God" in Hebrew. In the US, SSA data shows about 217 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 58% of the time. Keywords: animals, birds, colours, Godly, literary, medieval, neutral inclined, light
Orla. Irish. A feminine anglicized form of the feminine Irish name Órfhlaith, meaning "Golden princess" in Irish. Orla is usually feminine in England, Ireland, and Scotland. In the US, SSA data shows about 480 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 79% of the time. However, Orla was popular as a masculine name in the US during the 1880s. Keywords: medieval, nobility, two syllables, Victorian era
Osceola. American. Pronounced "os-ee-OH-luh" or "oh-sey-OH-luh." Anglicized form of the name of a Seminole man, Asi Yahola, meaning "black drink singer" in Creek.  The black drink called asi is rich in caffiene, and is used in purification ceremonies, with traditional songs. Osceola lived from 1804 to 1838. He led a group of warriors in the Second Seminole War, resisting the US's efforts to take his people away from their ancestral lands in Florida. In the US, SSA data shows about 59 people have had this given name, used as a feminine name 66% of the time. Keywords: food, four syllables, herbs, historical, neutral inclined, plants.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Koehler, Mimi (9 September 2020). "#ReadWithPride: Spin With Me by Ami Polonsky". The Nerd Daily. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
- Alexander said, "I feel very nonbinary, and you know, I identify as gay and queer and nonbinary[...]" Years & Years: Inspiring - #PressPlayForPride Spotify, June 7 2016
- Bright, William (2004), Native American Placenames of the United States, University of Oklahoma Press. p. 185 ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4
- "Osceola, the Man and the Myths." https://web.archive.org/web/20061202105713/http://tfn.net/~cdk901/osceola.htm