Baby Names: Names Starting with O


ORAN: Irish Gaelic for "pale one" and Hebrew for "pine." Relatives: Orin, Orren, Oren, Orran, Orrin, Oram, Orrie. Namesake: Orrin Hatch.

ORIANA: Latin for "dawn" and Greek for "east." Relatives: Oralia, Orelle, Orlanna, Oria. Namesake: Oriana Fallaci.

ORION: From the Latin for "dawn" and Greek for "east." Relatives: Orien, Orienne, Orestes, Orest, Oris. Namesakes: the constellation, the mythical hunter, Orion Pictures.

ORLANDO: An Italian form of Roland and Latin for "bright sun." Relatives: Orlanda, Orlie, Orly, Lando. Namesakes: Orlando Cepeda, Tony Orlando, Orlando.

ORSON: Old English for "spearman's son" and Latin for "bear." Relatives: Orsen, Orsin, Orsini, Sonny. Namesakes: Orson Welles, Orson Bean.

ORVILLE: Old French for "from the golden village" and thought to be the invention of novelist Fanny Burney in 1779. For the baby with the right stuff. Relaties: Orvalle, Orval. Namesakes: Orville Wright, Orville Redenbacher.

OSBERT: Old English for "inspired" or "divine." Relatives: Osborn, Osborne, Osmar, Osmond, Osmund, Osted, Ostric, Osmen, Osman, Ossie. Namesakes: Osbert Sitwell, Donnie and Marie Osmond, John Osborne.

OSCAR: Old Norse for "divine spear." The Academy Award, a knight holding a sword and standing on a reel of film, is called an Oscar because an actress once remarked the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar. Relatives: Osgood, Oskar. Namesakes: Oscar Wilde, Oscar Hammerstein, Oscar de la Renta, "Oscar the Grouch."

OSWALD: Old English for "divinely powerful." Relatives: Oswell, Ossie, Ozzie, Oswald, Oswall, Oswell, Oswaldo. Namesakes: Ozzie Nelson, Ossie Davis, Lee Harvey Oswald.

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