Usage Portuguese (Brazilian)
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 1/30/2012
There are several possibilities for the meaning and origin of this name. One is that it is derived from Ariovaldo via its variant form Orivaldo. Another is that it is a short form of the first name Dorival or that it is directly derived from the French placename Orival - in both cases the meaning is then ultimately "golden valley". Lastly, this name could ultimately be derived from Orville via its variant form Orval, which etymologically is closely related to the aforementioned Dorival and Orival, but means "golden city" instead. A known bearer of this name is Orival Pessini (b. 1944), a Brazilian actor and comedian.