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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 is not a popular first name for males but a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#69423 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Orson for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Orson and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Orson and Sonny. (2014 statistics).
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