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From the Greek 'Artos' meaning bear. References : Lady Mary Stewart's "Merlin" Series.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2005
Arthur's a strong character name. There are pet forms like 'Art', and 'Artie,' (sounds better for Artemis). Always thought it was cool.
Tbird  6/23/2005
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes. [noted -ed]
Eirena  7/18/2005
No one will ever know, but another possible origin of the name is from "Arddu", a title sometimes associated with the Welsh mythological hero Bendigeidfran (Bran the Blessed).

"Arddu", according to one source at least (personally I'm sceptical), roughly translates into something meaning "dark one" (which coincides with the Bran the Blessed title, Bran meaning raven), and is pronounced Ar-thee (strong TH like in Arthur).
― Anonymous User  7/27/2005
Arthur Weasley is a character in the Harry Potter series (and the father of Harry's best friend, Ron).
― Anonymous User  8/16/2005
Also known as Atorius. King Arthur of the legendary story is a famous bearer of this name.
foxsurfergirl  9/25/2005
Arthur is an aardvark in a series of children's books and a T.V. show.
breakofday  12/9/2005
Though the first part of the name Arthur shares meaning and linguistic commonality with the Latin word Ursus (Bear) and a superficial resemblance to Artorius (Latin for ploughman) it is surely Celtic. It's purest form would be Eirth Dur. Eirth or Arth does indeed mean bear. Dur or thur as it is sometimes rendered, technically means steel not iron, though "Iron Bear" would be the most esthetically pleasing literal translation to English and has to the modern ear a native American quality. It is possible however that the name Arth Thur (Arthur) is an appellation and not a given name. It must be noted that as a given name it became quite popular among the Celts even during Arthur’s lifetime. The question still stands was Arthur the birth name of the great hero of the age?
Aetius  12/31/2005
I love the name Arthur. It is cool he has a strong and brave namesharer, King Arthur. When I get a boy, perhaps I will call him Arthur.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2006
Arthur is from the Norse meaning 'Eagle of Thor'.
Ebba  3/3/2006
Chester A. Arthur was the 21st President of the United States.
breakofday  3/10/2006
Arthur Dent is the name of the protagonist of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" series.
Katrien  3/13/2006
Famous bearer is Arthur Balfour, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Famous bearer is Arthur Rimbaud, a French poet.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Arthur the Aardvark has forever ruined my image of the name. I only respect it because it's my father's middle name. Otherwise I would openly mock the name.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2006
Being Arthur myself, I have experienced only positive reactions from people. It has a certain greatness and nobility about it perhaps because of King Arthur. Since my other name is Kgosi, meaning 'king or chief' in Tswana, my friends often refer to me as King Arthur!
Arkim  7/14/2006
Arthur is also used in Germany. Pronounced 'Ar-tur'.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2006
Arthur Spooner, played by Jerry Stiller, is a character on the T.V. show "King of Queens."
breakofday  9/27/2006
Arthur Marx was Harpo of the Marx Brothers.
dani_08  10/29/2006
Arthur Miller was a famous playwright who wrote "The Crucible" and "Death of a Salesman".
mymymetrocard  11/12/2006
It's a current name in France too (Broceliande, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table are very famous in Brittany). The French pronunciation is AHR-TUYR.
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Nola  11/23/2006
A popular name in France, maybe, but as an English name it currently makes me think of old grandads with or without walking sticks. I wouldn't consider it for a child of mine.  3/5/2007
Dismissing a name like Arthur because it currently bears associations with an older generation is ridiculous to say the least. That "old man with a walking stick" was a child and a young man once. A few years ago Alfie was considered stodgy and old-fashioned in the UK. Look how popular it is now! Just goes to prove that it really is all a matter of perception and people's perceptions are easily transmuted.
― Anonymous User  6/16/2007
This name makes me think of King Arthur and the name appears strong, heroic and historical, also fantasy like as no one knows whether he existed. It's still unique and a great name apart from when people say 'Ar-fa'!
Poet kc  5/11/2007
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Arthur comes from an Indo-European root (*rtko-) that means "bear". (3rd ed., pg. 2122)
earthnut  6/1/2007
In the movie, "Shrek The Third" the next king of Far Far Away is named Arthur, but they call him Artie. He is a lowlife highschooler but proves everyone wrong when he is king. He's cute. :)
LindzPop  6/14/2007
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "AHR-toor".
Karcoolka  6/16/2007
This name is growing on me. I like the masculine appeal, but not the nickname Art.
Emma McHnery  8/22/2007
I like the name, but not the nickname Art. But the name Arthur sounds very nice for a boy.
aquaspirit96  9/10/2007
Also a very rare girl's name in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Most people don't seem to know this, however.  9/11/2007
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale is a main character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2007
Older dictionaries of names give meaning of Arthur as "of noble race" from the Celtic language. Possibly King Arthur never existed but the origin of the legend may have been about one of the Kings of the Arthurs, a forgotten race or tribe.
solar  10/20/2007
Gerard Arthur Way is the vocalist in My Chemical Romance.
Ryx3  11/9/2007
The legends of King Arthur were probably written about a 5th century Celtic chieftan of the British Isles. So yes, it is likely that he was based off a real person.

You can read more about it here:
― Anonymous User  12/8/2007
Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan, is a famous bearer. He wrote the music for The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and many other famous operettas.
Luanna  2/9/2008
A famous bearer was Arthur Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993), a prominent African American tennis player. During his playing career, he won three Grand Slam titles. He is also remembered for his efforts to further social causes.
AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
I'm an Albanian, and I do believe that the name Arthur is of an Albanian origin.
Ar=gold, thur=knited
Thus we have someone knited in gold. In the early centuries many Albanians must have come to the British isles as part of the Roman army or emigrants.
lazaros  7/1/2008
The Kinks have an album, called "Arthur (or, the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)". It is a concept album, which tells the story of Arthur, the main character in the album.
Pippin  7/11/2008
This was Boo Radley's first name in "To Kill a Mockingbird". He's a recluse, but a nice one.
welovejamesarness  8/1/2008
Arthur Neumann was the father of actor Paul Newman. His parents were Hungarian father Simon Neumann and Polish mother Hanna Kohnowa.
Emilie007  10/4/2008
Famous bearer: Arthur Lee of the '60s band Love. They had hits with songs like "She Comes in Colors" and "Alone Again Or."
sea7968  10/9/2008
Variations of this name appear in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series (Artur Hawkwing) and Blizzard's WarCraft franchise (Arthas Menethil). Arthas Menethil's mentor was called Uther the Lightbringer.
Feorsteorra  1/8/2009
I like the sound of the name, and the meaning, but I don't think I'd ever name my kid that because it's too well known from King Arthur, and from the children's TV show character.
Daroga  3/8/2009
Author Arthur C. Clarke died on March 19, 2008 (1917-2008). You may want to update the name's entry. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  6/28/2009
It's also used in the Netherlands where it's pronounced AHR-tuyr. [noted -ed]
renee06  7/17/2009
The very cool character known as Fonzie or The Fonz, on the 1980s show Happy Days, had the full name Arthur Fonzarelli. He was played by Henry Winkler, and he was quite the ladies man!
― Anonymous User  7/21/2009
This was my grandfather's name, and brings to mind many other Arthurs as well, including King Arthur and Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter. I used to be fairly neutral towards it and mostly considered it an 'old' name, but it's grown on me.
xkimlyx  7/23/2009
Once, some years ago, while researching my first name in the library of my university I found a possible meaning for Arthur in an old text. Recently I ran into a website that had a similar meaning. If I remember correctly the text said "Someone who is guided by Thor; In Thor's Favor" the website said "A Follower Of Thor". I know not the veracity of this, but in that old text it mentioned similarities between both personages (regrettably I have no recollection of it's title other that it was about Arthurian Legends).
powmelt  8/2/2009
Personally, I like my name, Arturo, which is the Spanish form of Arthur. I had an Uncle that used to call me Artur, and I kind of like that, he used to say that my personality was very much like that personage, kind of a noble fool. That last bit I did not like, but since I kind of understand the compliment. In my mind, I'm kind of shy about my name, I do get a bit embarrassed by the way people react to my name. By the way, I kind of fancy swords.
powmelt  8/2/2009
The German pronunciation is AHR-toor. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
I love the name Arthur but would never name my child this because it is too common. Since this name belongs to King Arthur and heroes from countless stories I always picture somebody that is brave, strong, and heroic.
Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
Arthur Rimbaud, one of the most illustrious French poets with Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire.
CrYsT4L  10/30/2009
Arthur, played by Freddie Highmore, is the main character of "Arthur et les Minimoys" which is a French movie directed by Luc Besson ("Arthur and the Invisibles" in English-speaking countries).
Milena Scialfa  12/14/2009
Another theory about the name's origin is that it is linked to Arcturus, the brightest star in the constellation Boötes, near Ursa Major or the Great Bear. Classical Latin Arcturus would have become Art(h)ur when borrowed into Welsh, and its brightness and position in the sky led people to regard it as the "guardian of the bear" (which is the meaning of the name in Ancient Greek) and the "leader" of the other stars in Boötes.

You may take this theory with as many grains of salt as you wish, but it certainly gives this fascinating name yet another layer of meaning. I do like the idea that the "bear man" is from the stars and the Great Bear in the sky.
SandSea  2/2/2010
Arthur is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in Inception who is oh so cute :)
Liesl  10/4/2010
Omg, this name is awesome. I might use it as a middle name however due to the association with the aardvark.
Chrila96  10/17/2010
This is one of my favorite boys' names. It's very handsome and mature-sounding. I also love the Arthur books and the TV show based on them.
bananarama  10/30/2010
I really like this name, it too is one of my favourite boys' names. I also like the affiliation with the King Arthur legend, and all of the associated stories. :-)
walesgal92  11/13/2010
Arthur Huntingdon is a (rather unsavory) character in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Arthur Clennam, by contrast, is a completely standup gentleman in Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit.

Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator whose style is both elegant and gritty.
bmente  12/3/2010
I adore how the name Arthur looks on paper. Pronunciation? Not so much. All elegance, enchantment, stateliness and sophistication is simply sucked away when said, which is a great pity. The spelling is very dignified, though.
I do prefer the Italian Arturo to Arthur, of the same meaning.
Francesca  12/3/2010
"Arthur" is my given name, but I prefer to be known as "Artie" and have been since my birth.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2010
It's elegant, has a majestic sound, and seems like it could fit both a king and a normal young boy. It's a shame the popularity for this name is going down. It's so lovely.
Black_X  1/27/2011
Arthur Davies was the husband of Sylvia Llewelyn, both close friends of J.M. Barrie, writer of Peter Pan. The Davieses' children, George, Jack, Peter, Michael, and Nico, were great inspiration to Barrie for his play, in particular George and Michael. Despite what the movie Finding Neverland would have you believe (what a terrible film), Arthur Davies was quite alive for some years after Barrie became acquainted with his family, but eventually died of cancer of the jaw.
thefancyapple  6/29/2011
I automatically associate this name with Marc Brown's Arthur books and the TV show based off of them. A wonderful association, I'd say.
mrose19  7/21/2011
I'm surprised no one mentioned Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), the famous (first) Duke of Wellington. It was largely due to his fame that the name became so popular in the 19th century.
goricar  8/22/2011
Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd (1920-1999) was an Australian painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer and ceramicist.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2011
This name has grown on me. I think it could become very popular in a few years.
Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was an American playwright. He was best known for "The Crucible", "Death of a Salesman", and "A View from the Bridge".
― Anonymous User  3/28/2012
Bear in mind that the Arthurian romances are pure Medieval fiction. A great deal of effort has been made to make the name fit various British or Latin roots, when in fact the earliest bearers were Anglo-Saxon speakers, and we can trace development of the name through documents, from Arnthor (arn, an erne or eagle + Thor, thunder) to Arthur, in reference to the same man, a monk in the time of Athelred II. Then we have Arthur, another monk during William I, Arthor, a bondsman of Aelfric bishop of (Anglo-Danish) York in 1023. While some early "British" kings bore Germanic names (such as Theodoric son of Theodobald, kings of Gwent and Gywysing—Saxons and other Germans served in the Roman army in Britain) and conversely most "Saxon" kings at first had British names (Caradoc, Ceaulin, Cynric, Pybba, Penda, Cadwalla etc.), "Arthur" turns up late, with the arrival of Danish influence in the Northeast and the introduction of -thor and -thur (the Saxon form) as the second element in the typical dithematic names of the period.
thegriffon  5/28/2012
Arthur was the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He was his mother's favourite child. He was the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. His daughter Margaret was the grandmother of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden as well as Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
CarolinW  6/9/2012
Arthur (1486-1502) was the oldest son of King Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York. He was suppost to become King but died age 15. His wife Catherine of Aragon married Arthur's younger brother, King Henry VIII of England.
CarolinW  6/10/2012
This name is adorable. It's cute on a little boy, and mature on a man. Hopefully it'll become more popular soon!
Oohvintage  1/13/2013
I can't help but think of Arthur Fonzarelli. It's a very strong name! I think it is better without a nickname in my opinion.
blueeyesparkle  4/6/2013
Because of King Arthur, of whom I greatly admire, this name has grown on me extremely! I used to be able to think of nothing but the children's TV show, Arthur, which I am fond of, but would never name a child after this. But King Arthur pushed away that memory.

However, now I consider this name very strong and manly, and I like it.
Strangak  6/15/2013
I'm quite surprised that nobody mentioned Arthur Kirkland, the personification of England/United Kingdom in the manga/anime Axis Powers Hetalia.
Pattysama  6/16/2013
In the book 18, Pete's rebellious oldest son is named Arthur.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2013
My 3 year old is named Arthur and we have yet to meet another little boy who shares his name (we live in the US). I think he likes that it's uncommon for kids his age, and I do as well. It's a name that a lot of people forget about: a very underused classic. I'm a big fan of old fashioned names, and Arthur fits the bill for me- it's vintage, but doesn't sound strange on a little boy, and hasn't gone 'trendy' like some other lovely old fashioned names (Lillian, Evelyn, Charlotte, etc.) No one has ever teased my son about the TV show. I don't think many kids watch it anymore, with the exception of my son, who absolutely loves it! ;)
caroline alice  8/12/2013
The name of George's hairstyle in "A Hard Day's Night".

Being an obsessive fan, I would seriously consider naming my sons George and Arthur.
Bee123  2/6/2014

There is much debate, but Artorius or Artori is a Roman name predating the Arthurian legends.

There is nothing to say that there couldn't be more than one origin of the name. It was fairly popular among regulation soldiers - who were known to be serving in Britiania. Names have been known to be mingled - heck, common words were mingled - at the time. There have been proven examples of names that have one origin in Latin or Greek, were passed down in Gaelic languages using common-sounding words. (Many references can be found in Bill Bryson's book "The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way.") These words and names became indistinguishable from their Gaelic forms after a time. When the tribes of Britain became more united, the words and names took on more fluid forms giving us many of our slurred names with Gaelic origins.

So in essence, you wind up with two definitions/origins of the same name. Both are the "true origin", a common pronunciation of a person's name in a bilingual culture with an independent meaning in both. A prime example of this being from the movie "The Amazing Panda Adventure" where a boy names his little panda friend "Johny" after his best friend, but the little Chinese girl takes this to mean "Jah-ni". This happens all the time. It is unwise to give the ultimate explanation for a name when the cultural aspects of the name's origin need to be taken in to account.
Alethearia  5/14/2014
Thomas Arthur Darvill, known professionally as Arthur Darvill, is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Rory Williams, a companion of the Eleventh Doctor, in 'Doctor Who'.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2014
Ahahaha, Arthur can mean 'bear?!' :'D There's a main character in Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels named Bear whose real name is Arthur Denniston.
ComradeJocasta  11/3/2014
I think 'Thor' could work as a nickname for Arthur. It would be pretty cool.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2015
What a fantastic, strong, masculine name! The name Arthur is DEAD CLASSY. :D This name ROCKS! :DD ♥.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2015
I never knew any Arthurs, but the name leaves a youthful yet classic air when you say it. When I was young the only Arthurs I knew were the legendary King Arthur and the character Arthur Read. I had a less "must be modern" upbringing, though, so I think teasing from the show wouldn't be a problem. King Arthur would not, at all, be a bad namesake, as it gives the name a noble veneer.

The name sounds unique for a child, interesting for a teenager, and classy for an adult. On average, a very usable name.
Amedee Lupien  8/22/2015
I love it; it's strong and a bit nerdy, and I have a soft spot for names that feel nerdy. I also love the nickname Artie.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
I've recently become very interested in Arthurian legend/mythology, and I'm really drawn to this name. If I one day have a son, I will name him Arthur. Though the mythology is rather dark and Arthur does have his flaws in certain versions, I love the idea of the round table which equalizes all who sit around it. Equality for everyone is still such a significant struggle, so I would want my children to understand and promote the ideas of equality and justice. So, yeah, this name is awesome!
― Anonymous User  5/9/2016
I rather like this name, even though it's associated with the cartoon character.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2016
I've never really liked this name for some reason. It just sounds choppy and rough to me. Plus, it reminds me of the word "arthritis".
― Anonymous User  6/15/2016
Arthur is a lovely name. It has a classic feel to it and makes me think of the King from British Legend (And Monty Python and the Holy Grail) as well as Arthur from the 70's comedy On The Buses, Sgt Arthur Wilson from Dads Army and the Cartoon Aardvark. It really needs a comeback as it's a nice classic boys name.
Mr.Cheese  6/16/2016
It's a cool name, it reminds of a person who is caring and loyal. He can be serious at times but can act like a big responsible brother. It sounds like a cool name for a gentleman person.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2016
Arthur is the name of a character from Fire Emblem: Fates.
Buneary  9/17/2016
Arthur is also the human name of England from Hetalia, Arthur Kirkland.
NativeAmericanBambi  10/30/2016
Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano is a Brazilian artistic gymnast and a member of the national team. He participated in the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, placing fourth in the horizontal bar and 12th all-around. He won the bronze medal in floor exercise at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
cutenose  1/20/2017
Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1896) was a French writer and diplomat born in Ville-d'Avray, France and died in Turin, Italy.
― Anonymous User  2/9/2017
What a great thought provoking name Arthur is :) I have always thought it rather old fashioned and dated but I've grown to love this name due to the Arthur of mythology. Whether he was a real person or not dosn't bother me as there are plenty of real people in British and overall European history that have plenty of intrigue and mystery surrounding them which I love. I also think it sounds cute on a young boy and dashing and professional on a young man- 1000 times better than these modern meaningless names like Logan and Kaden /Jayden and Hunter.
Goldcrown  7/26/2017
Very nice, classic name, though unfortunately a bit outdated (not that that’s a huge problem). It sounds soft, but has substance. It makes me think of a nice, intelligent guy with glasses (the glasses part is probably from Arthur the Ardvaark). I don’t think I like it enough to use it, but it’s a nice name.
Morgan1599  11/18/2017
Arthur Claus is the protagonist in the 2011 film "Arthur Christmas".
minion947  1/18/2018
Nerdy sounding name, but I guess there's nothing wrong with that.
Luvbug86  2/25/2018

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