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Though in appearance a surname of Norman baronial origin, this name was in fact invented (with the intention of evoking such associations) by the novelist Fanny Burney for the hero, Lord Orville, of her novel Evelina (1778).
1,313th in the U.S.

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Tens of Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
24,459
to be exact
28,487
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
South Dakota
has the most people named Orville per capita
1913
marked the height of its popularity
0%
100%
90%
55+
9%
30-54
0.37%
13-29
0.04%
0-12

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