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What does Orson mean?

Orson Pronunciation of Orson [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.

Associated with: bear, old, story (literary), forest (tree).


Orson has 8 variants: Orsen, Orsin, Orsini, Orsino, Orsis, Orsonio, Sonny and Urson.

Creative forms:
(male) Oroson, Osson, ..

(female) Orsoni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Orson Coltyn (O.C.), ..

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)

Orson reached its peak position of #762 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Orson name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Sonny (#828 a year ago) is the only other popular varying form of Orson rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Orson was at its most widespread 5 decades ago (median #1256) and has remained as widespread to this day. Sonny is the most trendy name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Orson, Sonny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Orson is pronounced similarly to Arsen and Arsene. Other recommended names are Aeson, Anson, Ardon, Arion, Armon, Arnon, Aron, Arron, Arvon, Aryon, Brion, Bron, Bryon, Bryson, Carson, Cason, Dyson, Edson, Elson, Eron, Erron, Garson, Gerson, Jason, Karson, Kason, Larson, Mason, Odon, Ogdon, Oisin, Oran, Oren, Orin, Orion, Orjan, Orlan, Orlin, Orman, Ormond, Oro, Oron, Orran, Orren, Orrin, Orton, Orvin, Orwin, Oryon, Ossin, Parson, Person and Tyson. These names tend to be more commonly used than Orson.

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