Meaning and Name Origin
Arthur \a-rthur, ar-thur\ as a boys' name is pronounced AR-ther. It is of Celtic origin. King Arthur of Britain (sixth century) and his Round Table of knights have become legendary figures. His name was first found in the Latin form Artorius, which is of obscure origin. Other possible sources include "artos", the Celtic word for "bear"; an Irish Gaelic word meaning "stone"; Arnthor, an Old German name meaning "Thor, the eagle". Often used in the Middle Ages, but uncommon until the early 19th century, when Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, vanquished Napoleon. Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" (19th century) and the Victorian romanticism of things medieval and of Arthurian legend in particular promoted its use. Arturo is the Italian and Spanish form; Arto and Arrturi are Finnish. Columnist Art Buchwald; actor Art Carney; tennis celebrity Arthur Ashe; writer Arthur C. Clarke; playwright Arthur Miller.
For more information, see also the related boy name Arthel.
Arthur has 1 feminine form: Arthuretta.
Arthur is a very prominent first name for males (#48 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1227 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Arthur for boys. Arthur reached its highest position of #14 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #306 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Arthur and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Arthur (#306 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Arturo (#518 a year ago), Artie, Art and Arther. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1890-1899 and has become much less since, with the forms Artie, Arther, Art and Arthur becoming less in vogue. Arturo (#518) is the most fashionable baby name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)