Italian variation of Roland
"famous throughout the land"

Orlando Origin and Meaning

The name Orlando is a boy's name of Italian origin meaning "famous throughout the land".

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 résumé, including the poem "Orlando Furioso,", Handel's opera "Orlando", Shakespeare's As You Like It and Virginia Woolf's gender-bending 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.

# 775 in the US

Orlando Rank in US Top 1000

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Orlando Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Orlando Popularity

Famous People Named Orlando

  • Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland BloomEnglish actor
  • Orlando JonesAmerican actor
  • Orlando CepedaPuerto Rican baseball player
  • Orlando CanizalesAmerican boxer
  • Orlando Woolridgeformer American basketball player
  • Orlando Thomasformer American football player
  • Orlando Metcalfe PoeUnited States Army officer
  • (Daniel) Orlando Smith1st Premier of the British Virgin islands
  • Orlando ScandrickAmerican football player
  • Orlando FranklinAmerican football player
  • Orlando PalmeiroAmerican baseball player
  • Orlando BrownAmerican actor
  • Tony OrlandoAmerican pop singer

Orlando in Pop Culture

  • Orlandocharacter from Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
  • Orlando Pabotoycharacter from "Strangers with Candy"
  • Orlando Khancharacter from "Gabriel and the Swallows" by Esther Dalseno
  • OrlandoFlorida, USA

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