What does Orville mean?
Orville /or-vil-le/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced OR-vil. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Orville is "gold town". This name was invented by Fanny Burney for a character in her 18th-century novel "Evelina". Inventor/aviator Orville Wright.
How popular is Orville?
Orville is a very prominent first name for males (#430 out of 1220, Top 35%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#131366 out of 150436, Top 87%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Orville for boys. Orville reached its apex rank of #133 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Orville and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Orville ranked in the Top 1000 are Orval and Orvil. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.515%) and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Orval and Orville becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)