When James Lawrence Orr was born on 12 March 1881, in Anderson, South Carolina, United States, his father, John Marshall Orr, was 36 and his mother, Sarah Jane Prater, was 36. He had at least 5 sons and 2 daughters with Irene Wilson. He lived in Garvin Township, Anderson, South Carolina, United States in 1900. He died on 12 June 1940, in Pendleton, Anderson, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Anderson, South Carolina, United States.
English: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Orre (Old Norse Orri, originally a byname meaning ‘black grouse’).
Scottish (southwestern): nickname from Scottish Gaelic odhar ‘dun, of sallow complexion’. This surname is also common in Ireland. It was brought to Ulster from Scotland in the 17th century.