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Artemis didn't send the scorpion that killed Orion. Orion was a son of Poseidon who was a great hunter, and he and Artemis were great friends because both loved to hunt. Artemis even considered marrying Orion, but Apollo, her twin, got jealous, so he sent the scorpion after Orion. Artemis was angry, naturally, but it was she who hung Orion in the sky.
-- ashleydunfee  6/15/2005
Orion Black is the father of Sirius and Regulus Black in the Harry Potter series.
-- Jeana Bradbury  2/20/2006
If you're into the subtleties of naming, this is perhaps appropriate for a boy born in the winter, as Orion is a winter constellation.
-- Xandaerin  4/27/2006
I think Orion is a great name for a boy. I might even name my child that.
-- Winter  5/20/2006
Can also be pronounced as o-REE-un, that is how I pronounce it anyway and I wish it would be that way. I love Orion. It sounds so alluring I can't help but imagine an attractive, masculine figure from Greek mythology or something similiar, it's just so classically gorgeous, but never old-fashioned. I'd really recommend this name.
-- Anonymous User  6/4/2006
I love Orion. My husband's name is Ryan and we named our son's middle name Orion instead of Ryan.
-- scarletcorset  9/7/2006
This name is the BEST! I would prefer it if it was spelled like Aurion. I think that looks better. This name is so fantastic it might even have overtaken Kai as my favourite boys name!
-- FirChlis  1/29/2007
I think it's a strong, nice name.
-- stormy_lovegood  2/17/2007
I feel stupid. I've always been pronouncing it OAR-ee-on. I prefer it that way, too.
-- stormy_lovegood  2/24/2007
There is a rug company called Orian Rugs Inc. They pronounce it OAR-ee-on so I guess the "a" vs. the "o" makes the difference. I personally prefer the sound of the rug company's name instead of the Greek mythology name.
-- GibsonGirl  11/7/2011
I like this name, and obviously it has nothing to do with Ryan, but it seems too much like you're trying to make a slightly different and therefore 'unique' version of Ryan.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
I really like this name, and I don't know why. I discovered it on this website, and I love it! It has a unique sound, is uncommon, and is mythologic.
-- ArielleirA  5/6/2007
Some etymologists believe that if the name is truly derived from the Greek language, it means "mountain man." If it is of Akkadian origin, it means "light of heaven."
-- Anonymous User  5/25/2007
Reminds me too much of Ryan, even though they have nothing to do with each other. Isn't O'Ryan even an Irish surname?
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2007
I've also been pronouncing this name OAR-ee-on, and I personally think it sounds better that way, but the other pronunciation is okay, too.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2007
We named our daughter Orion, because it is an ancient word from Sumerian and Aramaic that means light. That's why so many stars and things related to light bear parts or the whole name of Orion as a name. An example, is the "Ora" of a person or light around a person or "ray" of light. In modern Hebrew Or and Orion still mean light and it is both male and female name.
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2007
I love Orion for a little girl. I recently found a little girl named Orion, it's cute.
-- tigerlilly  11/15/2007
A friend of a friend was named Aurian, and every time my friend would talk about him at first, I thought she was saying 'Ryan'. He must have gotten a lot of confused looks growing up, and probably still does. Cool name, though - especially spelled the way he spelled it!
-- edenrowe  12/30/2007
In Greek, the name would have been pronounced o-ree-on, as the sound of ie (as given by this site's pronunciation key) was spelled "ai", whereas the u sound did not exist, making the modern English pronunciation originally impossible.

Also, the light about a person is spelled "aura" and derived from a Latin word of the same spelling, meaning "breath".
-- Bastien Rosier  2/1/2008
It is a constellation and its orgin came from a Greek myth. It is said that Apollo sent the scorpion to Orion sending Orion to his death. Orion was Apollo's twin sister, Artemis's companion, which made Apollo very jealous, resulting in the scorpion being sent. Artemis forgave her brother when he helped her put Orion up into the sky. That is how Orion became a constellation.
-- BeautyofNightisAcire  2/2/2008
I love the name. I plan one day, if I have a child and that child is a boy, to name him Orion. It reminds me of my guardian that watches upon me from the night sky and puts me at peace. In Greek mythology Orion dies and not so with justice but he was a great companion and he enchants me every day.
-- BeautyofNightisAcire  2/2/2008
In the classic fantasy novel "The King of Elfland's Daughter" by Lord Dunsany, Orion is the son of Lirazel, an elf princess, and Alveric, a mortal man. Lirazel named him Orion after the constellation, because she loved the stars so much (there were no stars in Elfland), and Alveric said that Orion was a good name, because Orion was a hunter, and Alveric loved hunting. Orion was three years old by the time Lirazel named him, as she couldn't pick a name before then. I think Orion is a marvelous name, I've always loved it! I like it as a variant of Ryan, as well. I know the names have nothing to do with one another, but Orion sounds like Ryan with an O in front. Orion is a wonderful, I love it!
-- harry_sent_me  4/29/2008
I think that Orion is beginning to make its mark as a unisex name as of recent times. I've met a man and a girl both with this name (though it was one of the girls middle names). This name is lovely for either sex in my eyes.
-- dreadfulxsorry  6/16/2008
I think Orion is a wonderful name for a boy. It kind of looks like onion though at first glance.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2008
I think Orion is a really cool name. I probably wouldn't use it though as it may be a little too cool. It may sound goofy on anyone over 35.
-- Anonymous User  11/25/2008
Orion was a favoured hunting companion of the virgin goddess Artemis. He was killed a number of different ways, depending on the area in Greece. One way was that he declared he would kill all the animals on Earth, which angered Gaia (goddess of the earth). She sent a giant scorpion after him. The goddesses were upset by his death and pleaded with Zeus to raise him to the stars, which he did. He also raised the scorpion (the constellation Scorpio) to commemorate his death. Another legend is that Apollo was angry at Orion for distracting his twin, Artemis, and set Orion up as a target. He then challenged Artemis to hit the target, which was too far away for her to recognize as Orion. She hit the target with perfect accuracy and when she went to look at her handiwork, she saw her love, dead. She was very upset and raised Orion to the heavens so he may live forever. A third legend is that Artemis was jealous of Orion's affection for Eos, goddess of the dawn, and killed him herself of her own will.
-- forbalathegreen  1/6/2009
In the United States, at least, Orion is also occasionally pronounced OR-ee-ən. The city of Lake Orion, Michigan, uses this pronunciation, as does Orion Samuelson, best-known agricultural broadcaster in the country and Radio Hall of Fame member.
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  6/12/2009
Another version of the myth of Orion is that he accidentally (or maybe intentionally) looked upon Artemis--with whom he was enamoured--and some nymphs bathing, and, being the virgin goddess, she was angered by this and killed him.
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2009
I really think it is a pretty name for a girl. I would love to name my child Orion.
-- Anonymous User  9/3/2009
This is a cool name, but it happens to also be my brand of deodorant, so I can't use it.
-- Anonymous User  2/27/2010
Great name for a boy. Maybe I'm just tired of parents making every name unisex though.

Regardless, it's a very pretty name. I imagine a cute little dark haired boy playing in the snow whenever I hear it.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2010
I like the sound of this name and the fact that it starts with O. There is a sex shop called Orion where I live though so that kind of ruined it for me.
-- McHobbit  4/26/2010
Orion Weiss is an American pianist.
-- Kosta  12/29/2010
I absolutely LOVE this name, and I might consider it as a middle name for a son. The only real problem is that people might get confused on how to spell it, or they might pronounce it OR-ee-en. That is why I believe it would make a better middle name.
-- Black_X  6/5/2011
I don't like this name. Orion just doesn't feel like a name to me.
-- amazingtabby  7/10/2011
One of my favorite (and easiest) constellations to find. Strong meaning and great story. If I ever use this I would use it for a boy and name him Orion Sky or Orion Hunter.
-- Whatsyourname  10/6/2014
Comes from Akkadian Uru-anna, “heaven's light”.
http://www.memidex.com/Orion+astronomy#etymology [noted -ed]
-- Morimura  12/2/2014
My name is Orion. I absolutely love it. It was frustrating earlier in my life having the constant mispronunciations, but I found it built character and broke down ego, which I've found to be very synonymous with the character Orion in Greek mythology, as in many interpretations he is very prideful.

I learned to pronounce my name differently, and in line with the Akkadian etymology, I introduce myself as "Or-ion" or "Aur-ion." I think people put too much emphasis on the O and I, because it should have a continuous flow. Aur-ion. The OR/AUR has always made me think of Light, aura, aurora, ori(light.)

I was just surprised to see everyone caught on O-rye-en and O-ree-un. I prefer Or-ion. Just a preference I developed living my life with the name.
-- Anonymous User  3/10/2015
We named our daughter Orion - she is now 7 months old. I agree with everything the poster above me has said! Loved your comments!
-- Anonymous User  5/6/2015
People, please stop naming your daughters this. Orion is a masculine name. While parents for many decades have thought it clever to impose boy names on girls, the trend has only ever been irritating.

That said, Orion is a great name. It invokes images of strength and masculinity.
-- Anonymous User  10/12/2015
Orion is a prominent constellation, sometimes better known as Orion's Belt. It was named after Orion, a hunter from Greek mythology. Its three brightest stars are Betelgeuse (Orion's right shoulder), Rigel (Orion's left foot) and Bellatrix (Orion's left shoulder). The stars that make up the 'belt' are Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.
-- IsabelleL  1/8/2016
My son's name is Orion, which I pronounce o-RI-on, & I am so happy I did. Nobody I knew liked the name, but it has special meaning to me. My husband & I both fell in love with it the moment I said it out loud. We had 7 months to choose a name, & could NOT agree on one. My poor boy had no name when I went in for my scheduled C-section. It was 1-21-09. Our back up name was Alexander.
After I had him, it was difficult. My husband was home with my daughter & I was alone.. stressed, because he had no name. Plus he was having trouble feeding. I was changing him that first night & was saying "Alexander" & "Alex" & "Xander"; none felt right at all. He kept fussing & I was having the hardest time getting this diaper on! Finally, I said "Orion". He slowly calmed down. I said it again, & he calmed down all the way. AND, it seemed like we finally clicked together!

Special reason I chose that name. My mom & I found that constellation & learned about it when I was in the second grade. She had passed away in 2005, 6 months before her 1st grandchild was born. So, it's a special name.

I LOVE IT & AM SO GLAD WE NAMED OUR SON ORION! I had no idea it was also used as a girls' name.

Also, Orion is the next space shuttle thing. (I think to get to Mars?)
-- AndromedaMoon  2/14/2016

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