Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Italian: from the personal name Orso meaning ‘bear’ (from Latin ursus), or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a bear (e.g. a large, lumbering person). In some cases the name may be habitational, denoting someone who lived in a house distinguished by the sign of a bear. Compare Urso.
  2. Hungarian (Orsó): metonymic occupational name for a spinner, from orsó ‘spinning wheel’.
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