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Arthur - Meaning of Arthur

What does Arthur mean?

Meaning of the name ArthurMeaning of the name Arthur

[ 2 syll. ar-(t)hur, art-h-ur ] The baby boy name Arthur is pronounced as AAR-THahR (English) or aeRTUYR (French) †.

1: Arthur is used predominantly in the English and German languages, and its origin is Celtic. It is from the elements 'art' meaning stone, bear ; 'artus' tight. Artorius (Latinized) and Artus (Old English) are old forms of Arthur. The name is of obscure Celtic origin; it could be derived from the Celtic 'artos' (bear) or the Irish 'art' (stone), or from the Roman family name Artorius. It could also be Germanic in origin. A Roman officer with the latter name has been suggested as a historical basis for the legendary King Arthur, who is believed to have reigned in the 5th or 6th century. The 'th' in the English name is not found prior to the 16th century. Arthurian legend contributed to the vast popularity of the name. Three other princes, namely Henry II's son (1187-1203), Henry VII's son (1486-1502) and Queen Victoria's third son (1850-1942) also bore the name as Prince Arthur. The name Arthuretta (English) is the female version of Arthur.

Arthur is a widely used name; it has 36 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Aata, Are, Arrt, Arte, Arth, Arthel, Arthor, Arthos (used in Irish and Scottish too), Arthuro, Arthus, Arthyr, Artor, Artro, Arturas, Arturo (used in Italian and Spanish too), Aurther, Aurthur, and Authur. Other English forms include the contraction Art (used in Gaelic, Irish, and Scottish too), the pet forms Artie and Arty, and the variant spellings Arther and Artur (used in German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, and Polish too).

Foreign variants of Arthur include Aart (Dutch), Anthanasios (Greek), Artair (Gaelic and Scottish), Artek (Polish), Artis (Czech), Arto (Finnish), Artturi (Finnish), Artus (Czech), Arzhur (French), Atze (German), Thanasis (Greek), and Thanos (Greek). Another foreign variant is the contraction Turi (Spanish).

2: Arthur is of Germanic origin. The meaning here is thor, the eagle. An old form of the name is Arnthor (Germanic).

The English name Arnthor is a derivative of Arthur.

Arthur is a classic favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use before. At the peak of its usage in 1901, 1.149% of baby boys were named Arthur. It ranked at #14 then. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and it is of very modest use in recent times. In 2012, its usage was only 0.043% and its ranking #355, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, 47% more boys were named Arthur than the next ranked name, Arturo.

Baby names that sound like Arthur include Artair, Arther, Arthor, Artor, Artro, Artturi, Artur, Arturo, Aurther, Aurthur, and Arthyr.

† Pronunciation for Arthur: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; UY as in "rue (French)"

Which Famous Persons bear the name Arthur?

Details of famous persons named Arthur:
Actor Tony Randall, born Arthur Leonard Rosenberg, 26 February 1920 - 17 May 2004, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Actor Dooley Wilson, born Arthur Wilson, 3 April 1886 - 30 May 1953, Tyler, Texas.
Author Arthur C. Clarke, born 16 December 1917, Minehead, Somerset, England.
Author Arthur Conan Doyle, born 22 May 1859 - 7 July 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Author Arthur Miller, born 17 October 1915 - 10 February 2005, New York, New York.
Author Evelyn Waugh, born Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh, 28 October 1903 - 10 April 1966, London, England.
Jazz Musician Artie Shaw, born Arthur Arshawsky, 23 May 1910 - 30 December 2004, New York, New York.
Legendary Character King Arthur.
Politician Arthur Zimmermann, born 5 October 1864 - 6 June 1940.
Saxophonist Art Pepper, born Arthur Edward Pepper, 1 September 1925 - 15 June 1982, Gardena, California.

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