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Gender: M Origin of Orion: Greek mythology name Orion's Popularity in 2016: #324

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 324.

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 of novelist Mark Twain
Orion Coville (b. 1970), son of children's novelist Bruce Coville
Orion Christopher Noth (b. 2008), son of actor Chris Noth
Kaiser Orion "Kai" Griffith (b. 2014), son of TV personality Jenelle Evans of "Teen Mom 2"

Pop Culture References for the name Orion

Orion Black, father of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series
Sirius Orion Black, character in the Harry Potter series
Orion, code name of Stephen Bartowski on TV's Chuck
Orion, 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 film "Men in Black "
Orion, son of Poseidon, Greek god of the ocean.
Orion, an alien race in the Star Trek franchise
Orion, Artemis's sub-personality in the Artemis Fowl books
Orion "Ry," character in Kiersten White's novel The Chaos of Stars
"Orion," song by Metallica
Orion, character in the animated Nickelodeon series "As Told By Ginger"

Orion's International Variations

Zorian, Zorion (Basque)