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, 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).
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).