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Contributor Contrib.Tigger2006 on 3/14/2007
Presumably a contracted form of ARTEMIDOROS. This name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, in Saint Paul's letter to Titus. According to George Rippey Stewart in 'American Given Names' (1979): "It is chiefly remembered from General Artemas Ward, of the Revolution (born 1727). But there are other examples. In the mid-nineteenth century the humorist C. F. Browne took Artemus (thus spelled) as his pseudonym."