Italian variation of Roland
"famous throughout the land"

Orlando Origin and Meaning

The name Orlando is 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.
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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