" bear"

Arthur Origin and Meaning

The name Arthur is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning " bear".

Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by stylish parents, inspired perhaps by the new generation of royals. Arthur has led the list of possible names for the young British princes, chosen as a middle name for Prince Louis, son of William and Catherine, Prince and Princess of Wales.

In addition to its leading role in the Arthurian legends, Arthurs figure prominently in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Edgar Allan 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 of Happy Days fame. More 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, Arthur Rimbaud and Arthur Koestler; philosopher Arthur 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 IDuke of Brittany, claimant to the English throne
  • Arthur TudorPrince of Wales, elder brother of King Henry VIII of England, one,time heir apparent
  • Arthur Wellesley1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo,Irish field marshal and British Prime Minister,
  • Arthur Wellesley2nd,5th Dukes of Wellington
  • Arthur William Patrick AlbertPrince of the UK; Duke of Connaught and Strathairn; Governor,General of Canada; son of Queen Victoria
  • Arthur Frederick Patrick AlbertPrince of Connaught; Governor,General of South Africa; grandson of Queen Victoria
  • Arthur Conan DoyleScottish physician and novelist
  • Arthur Nixonbrother of U.S. President Richard Nixon
  • Arthur Robert AsheAmerican tennis player
  • (Jean Nicolas) Arthur RimbaudFrench poet
  • Arthur SchopenhauerGerman philosopher
  • Arthur RackhamEnglish book illustrator
  • Arthur John EvansEnglish archaeologist
  • (Thomas) Arthur DarvillEnglish actor
  • Arthur Asher MillerAmerican playwright
  • Arthur Gordon "Art" LinkletterCanadian,American TV presenter
  • Arthur Ira "Art" GarfunkelAmerican singer of duo Simon & Garfunkel
  • Arthur RubinsteinPolish,American pianist
  • Arthur WontnerEnglish actor
  • Arthur Gordon Websterfounder of the American Physical Society
  • Arthur Robert MorrisAustralian cricketer
  • Arthur Lewis Watkins SiftonCanadian politician, 2nd Premier of Alberta
  • Arthur Ernest PercivalEnglish Army general
  • Arthur Edward Robert GilliganEnglish cricketer
  • Arthur Webb MoldEnglish cricketer
  • Arthur William RadfordAmerican Navy admiral
  • Arthur Joseph "Monkey" GouldWelsh rugby union player
  • Arthur KellyEnglish actor
  • Gerard Arthur WayAmerican musician of band My Chemical Romance
  • Arthur Cave (b. 2000)late son of singer Nick Cave; twin brother Earl
  • Arthur Clutterbuck (b. 2010)son of actor Andrew Lincoln
  • Arthur Amidon (b. 2011)son of singers Sam Amidon and Beth Orton
  • Arthur Saint Bleick (b. 2011)son of actress Selma Blair
  • Arthur Elliot (b. 2012)son of Ben Elliot and Mary,Clare Winwood; great,nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall; grandson of musician Steve Winwood
  • Arthur Michael William Matthews (b. 2018)son of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews; nephew of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Arthur "Bryce" Courtenaynovelist

Arthur in Pop Culture

  • Arthur Pendragonlegendary King of England
  • Arthur Readaardvark main character of the Arthur book and TV series
  • Arthur “Boo” Radleycharacter in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
  • Arthur Fonzarelliaka The Fonz, character on TV's ‘Happy Days’
  • Arthur Weasleycharacter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series
  • Arthurcharacter in the 2010 American movie ‘Inception’
  • Uncle Arthurcharacter on the television show ‘Bewitched’
  • Arthur “Art” Bellcharacter on TV's ‘Orphan Black’
  • Arthur Clennamcharacter in ‘Little Dorrit’, written by Charles Dickens
  • Arthur Koblenz Dallascharacter in ‘Alien’
  • Arthur Dimmesdalefictional character in ‘The Scarlet Letter’
  • Arthur Donnithornefictional character in George Eliot’s ‘Adam Bede’
  • Arthur “Art” Douglasaka Drax the Destroyer, character in Marvel Comics
  • Arthur Dentcharacter in Douglas Adams’ book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’
  • Arthur Goringcharacter in Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’
  • Arthur Hackettcharacter on the American television show ‘Pretty Little Liars’
  • Arthur Kirklandpersonification of the United Kingdom in the manga and anime series ‘Axis Powers: Hetalia’
  • Arthur Leandercharacter in the novel ‘Station Eleven’
  • Arthur Mitchell aka the Trinity Killercharacter in the American television show ‘Dexter’
  • Arthur “Artie” Nielsenfictional character in the American television series ‘Warehouse 13’
  • Arthur Poecharacter in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
  • Arthur Saltweathercharacter in the Jenny Nimmo’s ‘The Children of the Red King’ series
  • Arthur Spiderwickcharacter in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’
  • Arthur Eugene Spoonercharacter on TV's ‘The King of Queens’
  • Arthur Curry aka Orin and Aquamancharacter in DC Universe
  • Arthur Reevescharacter in DC Comics
  • Arthur Hastingscharacter in "We Happy Few"
  • Arthur Morganfictional character in ‘Red Dead Redemption II’
  • Arthurcharacter from the video game "Fire Emblem Fates"
  • Arthur Hoggettcharacter in book/film 'Babe'
  • Arthur the bartendercharacter in the Comic strip "The Lockhorns"
  • Arthur Jeffriescharacter on "Young Sheldon" a scientist who plays the title character of Professor Proton, Sheldon's favorite educational television series. Newhart reprises his portrayal of the character from The Big Bang Theory.
  • Arthur Fleck aka The Jokermain character in the 2019 film "Joker" '
  • Arthur Huntingdoncharacter in "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Brontë

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