What is the origin of the name Ori?

There are suggestions that the name Ori may come from the Origin, however, I have not found any proof to support that.

Their name may have some meaning, and given that the Latin (and presumably Ancient) word for origin is origo or originis, it is possible that they are called by the name derived from their religion/belief (in their language, not only in English). In a similar fashion, the Alterans' name may be derived from Latin/Ancient word alter, which means the other, therefore the ones opposed to the Ori.

Both in-universe and out-of-universe answers are welcome. Hallowed are the Ori.

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    Hallowed are the Ori.
    – Valorum
    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:05
  • The power and the greatness of the Ori cannot be denied. Those who reject the Path to enlightenment must be destroyed. Aug 7, 2018 at 2:25

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From a GateWorld interview with executive producers Brad Wright and Robert Cooper:

GW: Who decided "Ori?" Who decided on that?

RC: Well, "Origin." It's "Origin." The original idea was the origin of the Ancients, and then I looked at the root of "origin." So I thought, the Ori -- they invented the word "Origin," which is the religion that follows the Ori.

So your supposition is basically correct.

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    You have my vote because truth is the beginning of the path to Origin. Ex uno disce omnes.
    – Valorum
    Jul 27, 2018 at 14:41
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    I remember this from bonus footage as well...
    – Odin1806
    Jul 27, 2018 at 15:22
  • Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will know the power of the Ori. The flames of ignorance burn without pain. Beware the power or it will consume you before you know. Aug 7, 2018 at 2:29
  • "Orior" in Latin means "be born/created" and "proceed/be derived from"
    – Codosaur
    Nov 6, 2018 at 22:24

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