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Gender: Male Meaning of Art: "noble one; bear man" Origin of Art: Diminutive of Arthur

The name Art is a boy's name of English, Celtic origin meaning "noble one; bear man". Art and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A Lot Can Happen In Sixty Years - Part 4".

From the experts:

Though short and brisk, no nickname name could have a more creative image. Comic actor Chris O'Dowd named his son Art, as in his native Ireland it's used as a name on its own, separate from Arthur., coming from an ancient word for “”a bear,”” and used in the sense of “”outstanding warrior”” or “”champion.”” A pagan High King of Ireland, Art’s rule was so honest that two angels hovered over him in battle.

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Famous People Named Art

Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel, American singer-songwriter of duo Simon & Garfunkel
Arthur William "Art" Bell, American radio personality
Arthur "Art" Blakey, American jazz musician
Arthur "Art" Boileau, Canadian long-distance runner
Arthur "Art" Buchwald, American humorist
Arthur William Matthew "Art" Carney, American actor/comedian
Arthur James "Art" Donovan, American football player
Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev), American cartoonist
Arthur "Art" Eggleton, Canadian Senator
Arthur Stewart "Art" Farmer, American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player
Arthur Henry "Art" Howe, American baseball player, coach and manager
Art Imlech, legendary High King of Ireland
Art mac Cuinn, legendary High King of Ireland
Art mac Lugdach, legendary High King of Ireland
Arthur Morris "Art" Jackson, Canadian ice hockey player
James Arthur "Art" Monk, American football player
Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter, American television presenter
Athar ul-Haque "Art" Malik, Pakistani-born British actor
Arthur Edward "Art" Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist
Arthur Joseph "Art" Rooney, American owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers
Arthur Howey "Art" Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive
Arthur "Art" Tatum, American jazz pianist
Art Smith, celebrity chef
Art O'Dowd (b. 2015), son of Irish actor Chris O'Dowd

Pop Culture References for the name Art

Art Frankel, character in the movie "Fetching Cody"

Artigan, Artin


Eliza1303 Says:


I don’t know if I like it enough to use as a first name. It would make a super cool mn though!

katinka Says:


What's wrong with Art?! I find it sweet, snappy and effortlessly cool.

snowsbeloved Says:


Well, I like it! My late mentor was an Art/Arthur so of course, I have an extremely positive association with the name. But even with an objective view...its vintage, single syllable snap sounds like it's due for a revival.

ejmcg22 Says:


It's Irish for Arthur and relatively familiar in IRELAND, the dual interpretation makes me like it even more to be honest...

CocoWhite Says:


I quite like this name. Even though it's a bit too out-there for me to use as a first name, I wouldn't mind Art as a middle.