When I”m bored I doodle, as I’m sure most other people do. The above picture is my attempt at a giraffe from Wednesday morning. Now, to be fair I was aiming to make it a childish drawing and was actually interrupted before I could finish my handiwork (something about how I should doodle on my own paper, rather than on my friend’s ?!)
This was actually the third of a series of drawings (the previous two being a snail and a cat), and after my friend complained about how the name I gave to the snail (Sammy) was ‘too mainstream’, I gave the giraffe the first random-and-not-popular name that came to mind.
Which just so happened to be Osborne.
Whilst I’m not 100% on why Osborne just so happened to be at the forefront of my mind, I can say a little bit more about the name in question.
First off, this name also had two other relatively common variants: Osbourne and Osborn. All three versions ultimately come from the Old English name Osbeorn, which derives from two elements:
- os, meaning god
- beorn, meaning either man or bear
In terms of popularity as a first name, well, I can say for sure that 3 Osborns were born in 2002 and that’s the only name data we have for the name.
However, I do know for a fact that Osborne however whichaway you spell it is most certainly used as a middle name, since I now know at least two guys with Osborne as a middle.
Suffice to say, this is another one of those names which is proportionally used to a much greater extent in the middle name slot.