Of English origin.
It was used as a surname.
At first, it was a nickname, meaning “bear cub”.
Derives from Norman French “ors”, meaning bear, which originally is from the Latin word for bear, “ursus”.
It is also the name of a village in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Famous bearer is Orson Welles.
He was an actor, director, producer and writer who worked in radio, films and theater.
He is considered an innovator and a great virtuoso of the camera.
His film Citizen Kane is ranked by all film experts as one of the greatest films ever made.
His radio dramatization of H.G. Well’s “War of the Worlds” novel, in 1938, caused a nationwide panic.