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Gender: M Meaning of Arthur: " bear" Origin of Arthur: Celtic Arthur's Popularity in 2013: #323

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Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents.

In addition to its leading role in the Arthurian legends, Arthurs figure prominently in The Scarlet Letter, Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and George Eliot's Adam Bede. There are also countless Arthurs in children's literature, movies and TV--including The Fonz. Most recently, Arthur was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the eponymous movie Arthur Christmas.

Arthur has many notable namesakes, including playwright Arthur Miller, writer/astronomer Arthur C. Clarke, writers Arthur Conan Doyle, Rimbaud and Koestler, philosopher Schopenhauer, conductor Arthur Fiedler, and tennis great Arthur Ashe, the first African-American to win the U.S. Open. Queen Victoria's seventh child was Prince Arthur.

Arthur was a Top 20 name from at least 1880 through 1926. And in 2011, actress Selma Blair named her son Arthur Saint.

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Famous People Named Arthur

Arthur Miller, American playwright
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British soldier and statesman
Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and author of Sherlock Holmes novels
Arthur Rimbaud, French poet
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher
Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator
Arthur Evans, English archaeologist
Arthur Darvill, English actor
Arthur Ashe, American tennis player
Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, Henry VIII's elder brother
Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American pianist
Arthur Wontner, British actor
Arthur Gordon Webster, founder of the American Physical Society
Gerard Arthur Way, American musician

Pop Culture References for the Name Arthur

Arthur Pendragon, the Arthurian legend
Arthur Fonzarelli, character from TV 'Happy Days'
Arthur Weasley, from the Harry Potter book series
Arthur Dent, from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Arthur "Boo" Radley, character in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Arthur Read, from children's book and television show "Arthur"
Arthur 'Artie' Nielsen, from the show "Warehouse 13"
Lord Arthur Goring, character in Oscar Wilde's 'An Ideal Husband'
Arthur Kirkland, the personification of England/United Kingdom in the manga/anime Axis Powers: Hetalia
Arthur Mitchell, "The Trinity Killer" from Dexter
Arthur "Art" Bell, detective in sci-fi series Orphan Black
Arthur Spiderwick from the "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
Arthur, the pointman in Inception

Art, Arte, Arther, Arthor, Artie, Arty, Authur

Arthur's International Variations

Artis (Czech) Artek, Arto (Finnish) Artus (French) Thanos, Anthanasios (Greek) Artur (Irish) Arturo (Italian) Arturek (Polish) Artair (Scottish Gaelic)