Osman is the Turkish and Kurdish form of Uthman, an Arabic male name meaning “baby bustard” (bustards are large terrestrial birds that live in dry grasslands and steppes). Osman I was the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
Osman is also a surname- a Turkish surname originating from the given name, but it’s also an English surname, a variant of Anglo-Saxon Osmær meaning “god + fame”, made up of Old English os (god) and maer (fame), though it may also be a variant of Osmond “god + protection”.
Origin: Arabic; Proto-Indo-European
Meaning: “baby bustard”; also an English surname “god + fame” or “god + protection”
Usage: Turkish, Kurdish, English
- Uthman (Arabic)
- Othman (Arabic, Malay)
- Usman (Urdu)
- Ousmane (Western African)
- Cismaan (Eastern African, Somali)
- Cusmaan (Eastern African, Somali)
- Osmær (Anglo-Saxon)
- Osmond (Anglo-Saxon, English)