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Gender: M Meaning of Arthur: " bear" Origin of Arthur: Celtic Arthur's Popularity in 2016: #273

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 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.

Famous People Named Arthur

Arthur I, Duke of Brittany, claimant to the English throne
Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, elder brother of King Henry VIII of England, one-time heir apparent
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Anglo-Irish field marshal and British Prime Minister,
Arthur Wellesley, 2nd-5th Dukes of Wellington
Arthur William Patrick Albert, Prince of the UK; Duke of Connaught and Strathairn; Governor-General of Canada; son of Queen Victoria
Arthur Frederick Patrick Albert, Prince of Connaught; Governor-General of South Africa; grandson of Queen Victoria
Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and novelist
Arthur Nixon, brother of U.S. President Richard Nixon
Arthur Robert Ashe, American tennis player
(Jean Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud, French poet
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher
Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator
Arthur John Evans, English archaeologist
(Thomas) Arthur Darvill, English actor
Arthur Asher Miller, American playwright
Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter, Canadian-American TV presenter
Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel, American singer of duo Simon & Garfunkel
Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American pianist
Arthur Wontner, English actor
Arthur Gordon Webster, founder of the American Physical Society
Arthur Robert Morris, Australian cricketer
Arthur Lewis Watkins Sifton, Canadian politician, 2nd Premier of Alberta
Arthur Ernest Percival, English Army general
Arthur Edward Robert Gilligan, English cricketer
Arthur Webb Mold, English cricketer
Arthur William Radford, American Navy admiral
Arthur Joseph "Monkey" Gould, Welsh rugby union player
Arthur Kelly, English actor
Gerard Arthur Way, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Arthur

Arthur Pendragon, legendary King of England
Arthur Fonzarelli aka The Fonz, character on TV's "Happy Days"
Arthur Read, aardvark in the Arthur book and TV series
Arthur Leander, character in novel " Station Eleven"
Arthur Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series
Arthur Dent, character in Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Arthur "Boo" Radley, character in Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Arthur 'Artie' Nielsen, character on TV's "Warehouse 13"
Lord Arthur Goring, character in Oscar Wilde's 'An Ideal Husband'
Arthur Kirkland, the personification of England/United Kingdom in manga/anime "Axis Powers: Hetalia"
Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer, character on TV's "Dexter"
Arthur "Art" Bell, character on TV's "Orphan Black"
Arthur Spiderwick, character in "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
Arthur, character in movie "Inception"
Uncle Arthur, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Arthur Spooner, character on "King of Queens" played by Jerry Stiller
Arthur Clennam, character in 'Little Dorrit' by Charles Dickens
Arthur Saltweather, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Arthur Hackett, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Arthur Dimmesdale, character in "The Scarlet Letter"
Arthur Donnithorne, character in George Eliot's "Adam Bede"
Arthur Poe, character in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Arthur Koblenz Dallas, character in "Alien"
Arthur "Art" Douglas, also known as Drax the Destroyer, character in Marvel Universe
Arthur Hastings, character in various Agatha Christie novels

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

Arthur's International Variations

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