I am often asked about the meanings and/or origins of my first and last name.
Oren is a somewhat popular first name for males and an even more popular last name.
Oren (אורן) is a Biblical name. In 1st Chronicles 2:25, Oren is listed as a son of Jerahmeel from the Tribe of Judah. Today, Oren is a fairly common name in Israel – but there are also many other places, ancient and modern, where Oren can be found.
Pardes is also found in the Bible (and Bollywood films) – but not as a family name.
In India, Pardes refers to a “wandering person”, “foreign land“, and/or “abroad”. Pardes is a unique Hindi word that for South Asians means “Home away from home”.
In ancient Persia, Pardes referred to walled parks or gardens. In modern Israel, Pardes refers to an orchard (usually a citrus grove – commonly including oranges).
For people living in desert regions, a Pardes has obvious associations with paradise.
I currently live in San Diego, California – which has the nickname America’s Finest City and is considered paradise by some, but I do NOT own the Padres baseball team, NOR have any connection with Pardee homes – no matter what dyslectics might think.
Oren has fairly old Gaelic “roots” – meaning light-skinned, fair, pale, (Scottish) white – or (Irish) green. Oren is the Welsh word for the color and fruit orange. In Hebrew, Oren is a (Jerusalem) pine; but Oren can also refer to an ash tree. I have no explanation for why Oren is associated with seemingly unrelated trees and colors.
In Dutch, Oren are ears; and an ear is an or. In Hebrew, ohr (אור) means light – but is NOT the root NOR the singular of Oren (אורן). Ohren is a fairly rare German surname assumed to have a “habitational” meaning similar to the Norwegian use of Øren for farmsteads (mainly on west coast of Norway), named Øyra, from the Old Norse eyrr ‘delta’ or ‘sandbank’. In Swedish, Oren means “unclean; unpure“.
A word formed by addition of the German infinitive suffix to the Latin “ora” (“pray“), “Oren” was once used by Jews of German descent to signify “to say one’s prayers“. In Spanish, Oren is a (plural) command. “Oren por Oren” means “Pray for Oren“.
Ören is a Turkish word meaning “ruins.” The Hindu meaning of Oren is powerful.
Oren spelled backwards is Nero. The female version of the name Oren in Hebrew is Orna – but in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, a female character named Oren is Queen of the Zoras and one of Seven Sages. There is also a female Japanese-Chinese-American character in the film Kill Bill Vol. 1 named O-Ren (Ishii).
Although hardly “definitive” (or even always “accurate”), UrbanDictionary.com says “Orens are usually regarded as members of a humanoid super-species that transcends the bounds of space, time, and conventional measurements of attractiveness.”
Although spelled differently, in the Neverending Story, Falkor the Luck-Dragon gives Atreyu a powerful amulet called the “Auryn” – with permission to “Do what you Wish“.
You have my permission to look at or create your own “meanings” or associations for Oren Pardes or any other words and names you like or find in the drop-down menu on my acronames page. I welcome YOUR suggestions and submissions (here or there).