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Origin & Meaning

The name Orion is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Orion is "Greek Mythological hunter, constellation".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 383 in baby name popularity for boys with 806 occurrences.  It ranked 5542 in popular baby names for girls with 24 occurrences. 

View the Orion Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Orion has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Orion to other names.


The name Orion derives from Greek Mythology.

In Greek Mythology, Orion, the son of Poseidon, is a mighty hunter, who is killed by Artemis and turned into a constellation.

The constellation Orion is one of the largest, most recognizable constellations in the night sky and is visible around the world.

At the center of the constellation are three bright stars in a row, known as Orion's Belt (as well as a variety of other names around the world including the Three Kings or Three Sisters in South Africa, The Three Marys in Spain and Latin America, and The Three Kings in 17th and 18th century Dutch star charts). Surrounding the belt are four bright stars, which represent the outine of the hunter's body. Descending form the belt is a smaller line of three stars known as the hunter's sword.

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