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Gender: Male Meaning of Arthur: " bear" Origin of Arthur: Celtic Arthur's Popularity in 2017: #244

The name Arthur is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning " bear". Arthur is ranked #244 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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, emerging as a top contender among Royal-Names-for-Boys">names for the new royal prince.

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 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
Arthur Michael William Matthews (b. 2018), son of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews; nephew of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

Pop Culture References for the name Arthur

Arthur, fictional character in the 2010 American movie ‘Inception’
Uncle Arthur, fictional character on the television show ‘Bewitched’
ArthurArtBell, fictional character on the American television show ‘Orphan Black
Arthur Clennam, fictional character in ‘Little Dorrit’, written by Charles Dickens
Arthur Koblenz Dallas, fictional character in ‘Alien’
Arthur Weasley, fictional character in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, written by J. K. Rowling
Arthur Dimmesdale, fictional character in ‘The Scarlet Letter’
Arthur Donnithorne, fictional character in George Eliot’s ‘Adam Bede
ArthurArtDouglas, aka Drax the Destroyer, fictional character in the Marvel Universe
Arthur Dent, character in Douglas Adams’ book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz, fictional character who appears in the American sitcom ‘Happy Days’
Lord Arthur Goring, fictional character in Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’
Arthur Hackett, fictional character on the American television show ‘Pretty Little Liars’
Arthur Kirkland, the ‘human name’ of the personification of the United Kingdom in the manga and anime series ‘Axis Powers: Hetalia’
Arthur Leander, fictional character in the novel ‘Station Eleven
Arthur Mitchell aka the Trinity Killer, fictional character in the American television show ‘Dexter
ArthurArtieNielsen, fictional character in the American television series ‘Warehouse 13’
Arthur Pendragon, legendary King of England
Arthur Poe, character in ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
ArthurBooRadley, fictional character in Harper Lee’s debut novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Arthur Read, main character of the Arthur book and television series
Arthur Saltweather, character in the Jenny Nimmo’s ‘The Children of the Red King’ series
Arthur Spiderwick, fictional character in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’
Arthur Eugene Spooner, fictional character portrayed by Jerry Stiller on the American sitcom ‘The King of Queens’
Arthur Curry, also known as Orin and Aquaman, character in DC Universe
Arthur Reeves, character in DC Universe
Arthur Hastings, character in "We Happy Few"

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)