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Gender: Male Meaning of Orson: "bear cub" Origin of Orson: Latin and English

The name Orson is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "bear cub". Orson and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF - Nameberry Generated Names".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Orson

Orson Hodge, character on TV's 'Desperate Housewives'
Orson J. Pig, intelligent book-loving pig in comic strip/TV series "US Acres"
Orson Bailey, character on TV's 'The 4400'
Orson Krennic, character in film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
Orson, unseen supervisor of Mork on TV's "Mork & Mindy"
Orson Pink, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
"Valentine and Orson," medieval romance
Orson, Indiana, fictional setting of TV's 'The Middle'
Orson Lannister, mentioned in the 'Game of Thrones' series

Urson, Orsin, Orso, Orsis, Orsen

Orson's International Variations

Ourson (French) Orsino (Italian)