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What does Orville mean?

Orville Pronunciation of Orville 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH gold, 18th century, novel (literary)


VARIANTS Orv, Orval, Orvell, Orvelle, Orvil



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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)

Orville reached its apex rank of #131 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Orville ranked in the Top 2000 are Orval and Orvil. These forms of Orville were favored in the 1910s (ADOPTION OF 0.2%), but now, forms like Orval have become less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Orville, Orval, Orvil in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Orville and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Achille, Bille, Carville, Colville, Cyrille, Gaille, Granville, Grenville, Greville, Levelle, Manville, Melville, Neille, Nevile, Neville, Norville, Norvylle, Odile, Olle, Oriel, Orvin, Savile and Saville. These names tend to be less frequently used than Orville.

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