Latin and English
"bear cub"

Orson Origin and Meaning

The name Orson is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "bear cub".

Orson has had in the past a rotund teddy-bear image, a la Orson Welles, who early on dropped his common given name of George in favor of his more distinctive middle one, and who seemed to own it during his lifetime. No longer a single-person signature, it's now an interesting possibility for any parent seeking an unusual yet solid name. It's started to appear to the celeb set--both Paz Vega and Lauren Ambrose have little Orsons.

The comic actor Orson Bean was born Dallas; there was a Desperate Housewives character called Orson Hodge.

There's also a fifteenth century story about two brothers named Valentine and Orson, in which the latter was carried off by a bear and raised as one of its cubs.

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Famous People Named Orson

  • (George) Orson WellesAmerican actor, director and writer
  • Orson Bean (born Dallas Frederick Burrows)American actor
  • Orson Scott CardAmerican science fiction novelist
  • Orson ChaplinAmerican actor and grandson of Charlie Chaplin
  • Orson Squire FowlerAmerican phrenologist who invented the octagon house
  • Orson Handel (b. 2007)son of actress Lauren Ambrose and Samuel Handel
  • Orson SalazarJr., (b. 2007), son of actress Paz Vega and Orson Salazar
  • Orson Wheeler (b. 2010)daughter of actress Tina Hobley and Oliver Wheeler

Orson in Pop Culture

  • Orson Hodgecharacter on TV's 'Desperate Housewives'
  • Orson J. Pigintelligent book,loving pig in comic strip/TV series "US Acres"
  • Orson Baileycharacter on TV's 'The 4400'
  • Orson Krenniccharacter in film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
  • Orsonunseen supervisor of Mork on TV's "Mork & Mindy"
  • Orson Pinkcharacter on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • "Valentine and Orson" medieval romance
  • OrsonIndiana, fictional setting of TV's 'The Middle'
  • Orson Lannistermentioned in the 'Game of Thrones' series
  • Orsonfictional character in the game, "Fire Emblem, The Sacred Stones."
  • Orsonfictional character in "Pac Man World" and "Pac Man World 3"

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