What does Orson mean?
Orson \o-rson, or-son\ as a boys' name is pronounced OR-sun. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Orson is "bear". In an old French story, a child named Orson is reared in the forest by a bear. Director Orson Welles; actor Orson Bean.
Orson is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#69423 out of 88799, Top 78%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Orson for boys. Orson reached its peak position of #761 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Orson and corresponding names. Sonny (#891 a year ago) is the only other popular varying form of Orson. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 and is somewhat lower today, with the form Sonny becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)