What does Orson mean?
Orson /or-son/ [2 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Orson?
Orson is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#71372 out of 150436, Top 47%). (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. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.2165%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.0545%, 74.8% less), with the form Sonny becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)