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Orion

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Orion

"Orion" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Dweller on the mountain". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun O*ri"on
A large and bright constellation on the equator, between the stars Aldebaran and Sirius. It contains a remarkable nebula visible to the naked eye.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. 'Wri`wn, orig., a celebrated hunter in the oldest Greek mythology, after whom this constellation was named

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  1. A constellation on the equator to the east of Taurus; contains Betelgeuse and Rigel
  2. (Greek mythology) a giant Boeotian hunter who pursued the Pleiades and was eventually slain by Artemis; was then placed in the sky as a constellation
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From Middle English Orioun, from Latin Ōrīōn, from Ancient Greek Ὠρίων (Ōríōn), from Akkadian 𒌋𒊒𒀭𒈾 (Uru-anna, “heaven's light”).

  1. (Greek mythology) A giant-hunter, pursuer of the Pleiades and lover of Eos, and killed by Artemis.
  2. (astronomy) A constellation on the celestial equator close to Gemini and Taurus, containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
  3. A male given name of modern usage.
  4. A female given name
  5. A ghost hamlet in Alberta, Canada.
  6. A ghost town in California.
  7. A commune in France.
  8. A village in Illinois.
  9. A municipality in Bataan, the Philippines.
  10. A town in Wisconsin.

Orion was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, Japanese, Latin, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Orion

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Orion Clemens was a Secretary of Nevada Territory and Secretary ofNevada Territory. Orion was born on July 17th, 1825 in Tennessee. He left this life on December 11th, 1897.

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Orion was born on March 31st, 1934.

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Orion Ben is an actress. Orion was born in Romania.

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His military service ended in 1864. Orion was born on December 29th, 1848. He died on January 27th, 1930.

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Orion was born on November 8th, 1981.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Orion

Orion is a comics character.

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Agustín Orion is a soccer player for the Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Estudiantes de La Plata, and Argentina national football team. Agustín was born on July 26th, 1981 in Ramos Mejía.

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Alexandre was born in 197. Alexandre is also known as Orion and Alexandre.

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Ezra was born in 1934 in Israel. Ezra is also known as אוריון and עזרא.

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How popular is the baby name Orion in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1885 5 0 5
1886 5 0 5
1887 6 0 6
1888 6 0 6
1889 7 0 7
1895 8 0 8
1896 16 0 16
1897 13 0 13
1898 7 0 7
1899 5 0 5
1900 7 0 7
1904 5 0 5
1905 6 0 6
1907 6 0 6
1908 6 0 6
1909 7 0 7
1911 7 0 7
1912 11 0 11
1913 14 0 14
1914 16 0 16
1915 28 0 28
1916 25 0 25
1917 36 5 31
1918 26 0 26
1919 34 0 34
1920 33 0 33
1921 32 0 32
1922 27 0 27
1923 38 0 38
1924 30 0 30
1925 27 0 27
1926 22 0 22
1927 24 0 24
1928 29 0 29
1929 19 0 19
1930 20 0 20
1931 13 0 13
1932 16 0 16
1933 15 0 15
1934 16 0 16
1935 18 0 18
1936 14 0 14
1937 10 0 10
1938 12 0 12
1939 20 0 20
1940 9 0 9
1941 15 0 15
1942 17 0 17
1943 26 0 26
1944 6 0 6
1945 13 0 13
1946 7 0 7
1947 8 0 8
1948 11 0 11
1949 9 0 9
1950 10 0 10
1951 11 0 11
1952 6 0 6
1953 11 0 11
1954 11 0 11
1956 16 0 16
1957 10 0 10
1958 9 0 9
1960 7 0 7
1962 10 0 10
1963 7 0 7
1965 5 0 5
1966 13 0 13
1967 8 0 8
1968 14 0 14
1969 18 0 18
1970 12 0 12
1971 32 0 32
1972 38 0 38
1973 35 0 35
1974 54 0 54
1975 58 0 58
1976 57 0 57
1977 67 0 67
1978 66 0 66
1979 81 0 81
1980 61 0 61
1981 67 0 67
1982 87 0 87
1983 76 0 76
1984 72 0 72
1985 64 0 64
1986 56 0 56
1987 83 0 83
1988 78 0 78
1989 89 0 89
1990 90 0 90
1991 122 5 117
1992 92 0 92
1993 116 8 108
1994 155 7 148
1995 175 7 168
1996 193 8 185
1997 204 9 195
1998 394 22 372
1999 399 22 377
2000 397 15 382
2001 420 16 404
2002 379 12 367
2003 415 16 399
2004 432 14 418
2005 440 13 427
2006 499 14 485
2007 482 13 469
2008 509 15 494
2009 528 11 517
2010 574 13 561
2011 587 14 573
2012 696 21 675
2013 770 14 756
2014 843 24 819
2015 892 22 870
2016 1,092 33 1,059

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Popularity of Orion as a first name

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Popularity of Orion as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Orion U.S.
  White 52.97% 64.26%
  African American 22.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.22% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 10.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Orion

People with the last name Orion are most frequently White, African American, or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Orion

  • How Popular is the name Orion? Orion is the 2,043rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Orion was the 85,357th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Orion have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,167 babies born with the first name Orion in the United States. That's more than enough people named Orion to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Orion? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Orion first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Orion is Saturday, May 11th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Orion born? The highest recorded use of the first name Orion was in 2016 with a total of 1,059 babies. That's a lot of babies named Orion!
  • Random Orion Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Orion ranks 106th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 10 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Orion: Your name in reverse order is Noiro. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oinro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Orion? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 219 people with the last name Orion.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Orion? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Orion as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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