What does the name Arthur mean?The meaning of the name “Arthur” is:
“A follower of Thor; Bear Man”.
Additional information: The boy name Arthur is of Celtic - Gaelic origin and of uncertain meaning. It probably derived from the Celtic 'artos' (bear) or the Gaelic 'art' (stone). Another explanation is coming from the Roman family name Artotius. The name was borne by the legendary British King Arthur, the leader of Round Table's knights, who is believed to have reigned in the 5th or 6th century AD. The legend remained of interest through the centuries and so did the name Artur, making it very popular boy name and widely used in English speaking countries.
The name Arthur is also used as a surname.
The most famous Arthur is legendary King Arthur but it was also used by Shakespeare in his play "King John".
It is also the surname of 21st President of the US, Chester A. Arthur and actress Bea Arthur.
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(AR thur) Form of:
Itself (Arthur) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
- Chester A. Arthur, 21st US President,
- Bea Arthur, actress,
- Arthur Miller, playwright,
- Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486-1502) - older brother of Henry VIII,
- Arthur Balfour (1848-1930) - British Prime Minister 1902-5,
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician, writer of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries,
- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)- British general and Prime Minister.
Considering Arthur as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Arthur for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Arthur is a boy name.
The name Arthur is of Celtic - Gaelic origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, German speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Arthur we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Arthur Name Meaning
The meaning of Arthur is “A follower of Thor; Bear Man”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Arthur and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Arthur and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Arthur is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Arthur Categories
The name Arthur is in the following categories: Celtic Names, Classic Names, Cool Names, Harry Potter Names, Heroic Names, Literary Characters Names, Mythological Names, Old English Names, President Names, Shakespeare Names, Surnames Names, Unique Names, Welsh Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Arthur. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Arthur, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Arthur
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Arthur displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Arthur Boy Name Popularity Chart
Arthur Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note: The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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