Orville is a male given name that seems to have some mystery behind its origin. Some sites I’ve went to claim it was invented by English author Fanny Burney for her novel Evelina (1778) while it’s also possible that the name comes from a French place name. Either way, the name seems to be derived from French or (gold) via Latin aurum (gold) derived from a PIE root word; and ville (town, city) via Latin villa (country house; villa; estate, farm) which also derives from a PIE root word, so the name would essentially mean “gold town” ot “golden town, city”. Orville is also a surname likely derived from the place name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Orval (English)
  • Orvil (English)


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