Orson Meaning and Origin

Orson is a boy’s name of French origin, meaning: “bear cub.” From a Norman French name meaning ‘bear-cub’ a diminutive of ors ‘bear’, Latin ursus. Orson has been used as a given name by several notable individuals. One of the most well-known is Orson Welles, a prominent American actor, director, and writer, famous for directing the film “Citizen Kane” and his radio broadcast “War of the Worlds.” This name hasn’t been on the popularity list for decades, so the odds are great that he’ll never have to share his name with anyone in his class! 

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