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Meaning and name origin

Orson \o-rson, or-son\ as a boy's 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 has 8 variant forms: Orsen, Orsin, Orsini, Orsino, Orsis, Orsonio, Sonny and Urson.


Orson is not a popular first name for males but a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#69423 out of 88799, Top 78%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Orson for boys. Orson reached its highest rank of #761 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Orson name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Orson outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Orson and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Sonny (#891) and Orson. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sonny, Orson in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sonny outside U.S.

Similar Names

Orson is also pronounced similarly to Arsen. Other suggested similar baby names are Orion, Oron, Orton and Oryon. Like Orson, these names are not commonly used.