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Gender: Female Meaning of Orla: "golden princess" Origin of Orla: Irish

The name Orla is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "golden princess". Orla and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

From the experts:

Orla is an Irish name closely associated with the high king Brian Boru, as it was the name of his sister, daughter and niece. It was very popular in the Middle Ages-- the fourth most popular name in twelfth century Ireland-- and has become popular again in Ireland (ranking Number 74) and Scotland (36) today.

In Irish, the name is Orlaith.

There is a student at Hogwarts School named Orla Quirk in the Harry Potterbooks.

An authentic Irish name with a lovely meaning and no pronunciation problems.

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Famous People Named Orla

Orla Brady, Irish actress
Órlagh "Orla" Fallon, Irish singer of group Celtic Woman
Orla Guerin, Irish journalist
Orla Fitzgerald, Irish actress
Orla Tobin, Irish folk singer
Orla Kiely, Irish fashion designer
Orla Gartland, Irish singer/songwriter
Orla Clark, daughter of Katherine Kelly & Ryan Clark

Pop Culture References for the name Orla

Orla Quirke, character in the Harry Potter series
Orla Sargent, character in 'The Raven Cycle' by Maggie Stiefvater
Orla Shipley, killer whale and defendant in "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies"

Orrla, Orlie

Orla's International Variations

Orflaith, Orlagh, Orlaith, Orfhlaith (Irish Gaelic) Aurla (Scottish) Orly, Orlee (French)


Laura9 Says:


Just in case anyone was wondering, it also means foreskin in Hebrew., yeah... I physically cringed when I saw this.

josephinedagnall Says:


I tend to prefer longer names, but I actually really love Orla!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really want to like this but I just don't.

Essa Says:


I love Orla (although I tend to sway towards the traditional spelling of Orlaith) but my OH said 'Orl-a boys be after her' and immediately ruled it out for him. Honestly, his mind works in such peculiar ways.

KJGlitter Says:


I first heard the name because of Orla Fallon from Celtic Woman. I was a bit younger then, and thought she had the most beautiful voice ever! Probably because of her, this name has really grown on me.

headintheclouds Says:


I saw the name Orla in the newspaper, and had to search it up on Nameberry. I completely forgot that there was an Orla (mentioned once :b) in Harry Potter! It has a nice meaning and sounds short and sweet, quirky and spunky. It reminds me of the Orly nail polish brand.

Bonnie_jay Says:


What a weird thing to comment.

GorgeousGeorge Says:


You're wrong there. The word orlah-fruit (Orlah used a a descriptive prefix) is a command found in the Hebrew Bible not to eat fruit produced by a tree during the first three years after planting. Orlah refers to the young fruit - a direct translation meaning uncircumcised but referring to youth. It's not a name in Hebrew or a even a noun.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Orla is pretty but I read the other day that in Hebrew it's the piece that's snipped off during the baby boy's circumcision ceremony.