Family name origins & meanings
- 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.
- Hungarian (Orsó) : metonymic occupational name for a spinner, from orsó ‘spinning wheel’.