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Gender: M Meaning of Orlando: "famous throughout the land" Origin of Orlando: Italian variation of Roland Orlando's Popularity in 2013: #562

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Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost any last name, a la British actor, Orlando Bloom.

Orlando has an impressive literary resume, including the poem "Orlando Furioso," Shakespeare's As You Like It and Virginia Woolf's enigmatic eponymous novel. Most recently, Orlando was a character in The Wire.

Orlando Bloom's name was inspired by that of the sixteenth century composer, Orlando Gibbons. It is also the first name of several outstanding athletes--including Orlandos Woolridge, Cabrera and Cepeda, and is, of course, a place name, home of Disney World in Florida.

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Famous People Named Orlando

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom, attractive English actor
Orlando Jones, American actor
Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican baseball player
Orlando Canizales, American boxer
Orlando Woolridge, former American basketball player
Orlando Thomas, former American football player
Orlando Metcalfe Poe, United States Army officer
Orlando Scandrick, American football player
Orlando Franklin, American football player
Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball player
Orlando Brown, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Orlando

Orlando, Florida is a city in the USA
Orlando, character from Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

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