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Gender: M Origin of Orion: Greek mythology name Orion's Popularity in 2015: #368

Orion is a rising star, with both mythical and celestial overtones. Heard sporadically in the late nineteenth century, it burst on the scene in full force in 1994 and has been shooting upwards ever since: it's now at Number 368.

The Greek mythological Orion was the legendary hunter who pursued the seven daughters of Atlas, was slain by the goddess Artemis, and then placed as one of the brightest constellations in the night sky by Zeus.

Mark Twain had a brother named Orion, and Chris "Big" Noth picked the name for his son. It is also a Harry Potter name.

Orion's Gaelic connection to O'Ryan/Ryan makes it familiar as well as exotic.

Famous People Named Orion

Orion Clemens, brother and supporter of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
St. Orion
Orion Christopher Noth, son of American actor Chris Noth

Pop Culture References for the name Orion

The middle name of Sirius Black in Harry Potter
The name of a capsule mission by NASA
The code name of Stephen Bartowski on the TV show Chuck
Orion is St. Peter's guardian angel in the 18th-century epic Der Messias (The Messiah) by German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
Orion, son of Alveric and Lirazel in The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924) by Lord Dunsany
Orion, the Arquillian jeweler's pet cat in Men in Black (1997)
Orion, son of Poseidon, Greek god of the ocean.
Orion, an alien race from the Star Trek franchise
Orion, the name of Artemis's sub-personality from the Artemis Fowl books
Orion "Ry", love interest in Kiersten White's novel The Chaos of Stars

Orion's International Variations

Zorian, Zorion (Basque)