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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Catalan : from the old personal name Oriol (from Latin Aureolus), or in some cases possibly a nickname from Catalan oriol ‘oriole’ (likewise from Latin aureolus ‘golden’), denoting someone thought to resemble the bird.
  • French : nickname, possibly for a flamboyant dresser or sweet singer, from oriol, oriel ‘oriole’, a species of bird of which the male has bright yellow and black plumage.

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