Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “God’s spear.”

The name is composed of the Germanic elements, ans (god) and gari (spear). Ansgar is believed to be the progenitor of the name Oscar.

The name was borne by St. Ansgar of Bremen (801-864), an early German saint who is most famous for trying to convert the Danes and Swedes.

Currently the the name is the 408th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Anschar (Bavarian)
  • Anscari (Catalan)
  • Anschaire (French)
  • Anskar (Frisian/German)
  • Ansgar (Icelandic/German/Scandinavian)
  • Anscario/Ansgario (Italian)

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