List of orphans and foundlings

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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]

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Civic and religious leaders[edit]

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Writers[edit]

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Musicians and singers[edit]

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South America[edit]

  • Víctor Jara, Chilean poet, singer-songwriter, teacher, theatre director and political activist
  • Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist

Artists, actors, and entertainers[edit]

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Athletes[edit]

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Scientists and scholars[edit]

Africa[edit]

  • Maud Chifamba, the youngest university student in Africa, orphaned at age 14
  • Ibn Khaldun, North African Arab historiographer and historian

Europe[edit]

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Business people[edit]

Europe[edit]

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Otherwise notables[edit]

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Fictional characters[edit]

See also Category:Fictional orphans

In literature[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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

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