List of orphans and foundlings

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"Famous orphans" redirects here. For other uses, see Orphan.

Notable orphans and foundlings include world leaders, celebrated writers, entertainment greats, figures in science and business, as well as innumerable fictional characters in literature and comics. While the exact definition of orphan varies, one legal definition is a child bereft through "death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents".[1] According to the United Nations, the definition of an orphan is anyone that loses one parent, either through death or abandonment.[dubious ]

Figures from classical history and religious scripture[edit]

Africa[edit]

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Europe[edit]

Civic and religious leaders[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Writers[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • P. L. Travers, Australian-born British novelist, actress and journalist

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Musicians and singers[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Artists, actors, and entertainers[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

  • Cate Blanchett, Australian actress and theatre director
  • Tuki Brando, French Polynesian fashion model from Tahiti, orphaned at age 4
  • Guy Pearce, Australian actor and musician

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Scientists and scholars[edit]

Africa[edit]

  • Maud Chifamba, the youngest university student in Africa, orphaned at age 14

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

Business people[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

Otherwise notables[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

South America[edit]

Top 10 of notable orphans and foundlings in 2016[edit]

(Clicks in all languages on WIKIPEDIA)

Fictional characters[edit]

See also Category:Fictional orphans

In literature[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Related lists[edit]

See also Category:Adoptees for lists of notable people who have been adopted (including by step-parents): many adoptees are neither orphans nor foundlings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iii. Eligibility For Immigration Benefits As An Orphan