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Arthur

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,604 5 1,599 #14 boy name
1881 1,575 0 1,575 #14 boy name
1882 1,691 5 1,686 #14 boy name
1883 1,596 5 1,591 #14 boy name
1884 1,697 7 1,690 #14 boy name
1885 1,526 10 1,516 #15 boy name
1886 1,664 8 1,656 #14 boy name
1887 1,498 9 1,489 #14 boy name
1888 1,718 8 1,710 #14 boy name
1889 1,677 9 1,668 #14 boy name
1890 1,618 8 1,610 #14 boy name
1891 1,521 7 1,514 #14 boy name
1892 1,777 9 1,768 #14 boy name
1893 1,645 10 1,635 #14 boy name
1894 1,718 6 1,712 #14 boy name
1895 1,674 8 1,666 #14 boy name
1896 1,831 10 1,821 #14 boy name
1897 1,653 6 1,647 #14 boy name
1898 1,626 7 1,619 #14 boy name
1899 1,368 11 1,357 #14 boy name
1900 1,870 17 1,853 #15 boy name
1901 1,336 7 1,329 #14 boy name
1902 1,492 6 1,486 #15 boy name
1903 1,440 5 1,435 #15 boy name
1904 1,504 9 1,495 #15 boy name
1905 1,519 14 1,505 #16 boy name
1906 1,494 8 1,486 #15 boy name
1907 1,566 13 1,553 #16 boy name
1908 1,612 11 1,601 #16 boy name
1909 1,671 6 1,665 #18 boy name
1910 1,956 14 1,942 #17 boy name
1911 2,389 13 2,376 #18 boy name
1912 4,707 22 4,685 #15 boy name
1913 5,438 16 5,422 #17 boy name
1914 6,666 25 6,641 #18 boy name
1915 8,601 38 8,563 #18 boy name
1916 8,959 37 8,922 #18 boy name
1917 9,330 47 9,283 #17 boy name
1918 10,169 65 10,104 #17 boy name
1919 9,596 57 9,539 #19 boy name
1920 10,303 64 10,239 #18 boy name
1921 10,577 52 10,525 #19 boy name
1922 10,175 55 10,120 #19 boy name
1923 9,976 57 9,919 #19 boy name
1924 10,228 56 10,172 #20 boy name
1925 10,062 78 9,984 #20 boy name
1926 9,542 78 9,464 #20 boy name
1927 9,424 82 9,342 #22 boy name
1928 8,972 94 8,878 #22 boy name
1929 8,560 90 8,470 #22 boy name
1930 8,358 80 8,278 #23 boy name
1931 7,594 68 7,526 #23 boy name
1932 6,972 57 6,915 #25 boy name
1933 6,566 47 6,519 #25 boy name
1934 6,498 52 6,446 #29 boy name
1935 6,586 43 6,543 #29 boy name
1936 6,317 54 6,263 #30 boy name
1937 6,371 58 6,313 #31 boy name
1938 6,563 43 6,520 #32 boy name
1939 6,423 42 6,381 #32 boy name
1940 6,547 39 6,508 #33 boy name
1941 6,773 35 6,738 #33 boy name
1942 8,063 37 8,026 #29 boy name
1943 7,823 42 7,781 #30 boy name
1944 7,300 46 7,254 #30 boy name
1945 6,835 32 6,803 #34 boy name
1946 7,570 33 7,537 #36 boy name
1947 8,284 30 8,254 #38 boy name
1948 7,611 27 7,584 #44 boy name
1949 7,516 40 7,476 #44 boy name
1950 7,185 25 7,160 #46 boy name
1951 7,438 28 7,410 #44 boy name
1952 7,269 34 7,235 #47 boy name
1953 7,027 33 6,994 #50 boy name
1954 6,890 37 6,853 #52 boy name
1955 6,609 34 6,575 #56 boy name
1956 6,313 34 6,279 #60 boy name
1957 6,091 34 6,057 #66 boy name
1958 5,688 25 5,663 #72 boy name
1959 5,495 28 5,467 #77 boy name
1960 5,227 30 5,197 #82 boy name
1961 4,838 25 4,813 #85 boy name
1962 4,468 33 4,435 #91 boy name
1963 4,305 29 4,276 #91 boy name
1964 4,186 36 4,150 #90 boy name
1965 3,811 34 3,777 #96 boy name
1966 3,497 12 3,485 #96 boy name
1967 3,337 29 3,308 #94 boy name
1968 3,079 37 3,042 #98 boy name
1969 3,162 23 3,139 #97 boy name
1970 3,013 30 2,983
1971 2,836 21 2,815
1972 2,423 26 2,397
1973 2,229 22 2,207
1974 2,094 19 2,075
1975 2,047 22 2,025
1976 1,921 19 1,902
1977 1,982 9 1,973
1978 1,892 18 1,874
1979 1,880 17 1,863
1980 1,835 18 1,817
1981 1,818 16 1,802
1982 1,813 18 1,795
1983 1,767 22 1,745
1984 1,714 15 1,699
1985 1,730 17 1,713
1986 1,584 16 1,568
1987 1,571 15 1,556
1988 1,566 13 1,553
1989 1,541 8 1,533
1990 1,549 8 1,541
1991 1,487 12 1,475
1992 1,419 7 1,412
1993 1,245 5 1,240
1994 1,167 6 1,161
1995 1,111 0 1,111
1996 1,008 0 1,008
1997 973 0 973
1998 982 0 982
1999 874 0 874
2000 915 0 915
2001 879 0 879
2002 844 0 844
2003 795 0 795
2004 792 0 792
2005 830 0 830
2006 792 0 792
2007 818 0 818
2008 862 0 862
2009 811 0 811
2010 727 0 727
2011 890 0 890
2012 865 0 865
2013 1,026 0 1,026
2014 1,143 0 1,143
2015 1,232 0 1,232

Fun Facts about the name Arthur

  • How many people with the first name Arthur have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 527,588 babies born with the first name Arthur in the United States. That's more than enough people named Arthur to occupy the country of Luxembourg with an estimated population of 511,800 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Arthur? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,604 new born babies.
  • When was Arthur first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Arthur is Thursday, November 5th, 1835.
  • What year had the most people named Arthur born? The highest recorded use of the first name Arthur was in 1921 with a total of 10,525 babies. That's a lot of babies named Arthur!
  • Random Arthur Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arthur ranks 16th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 322 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Arthur: Your name in reverse order is Ruhtra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uhtarr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Arthur? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,102 people with the last name Arthur.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arthur? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Arthur as their last name.

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Popularity of Arthur as a first name

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Popularity of Arthur as a last name

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Common last names for Arthur

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  • Williams
  • Brown
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  • Anderson
  • Miller
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  • Nelson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Peterson
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Arthur U.S.
  White 76.63% 64.26%
  African American 15.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.04% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.84% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Arthur

People with the last name Arthur are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Arthur" mean? The list below shows the origins of Arthur as well as things modernly associated with the name Arthur such as celebrities named Arthur.

Welsh

Origin and Meaning of Arthur

The name "Arthur" is of Welsh origin, and it means "Bear". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot
  2. Elected vice president and became 21st President of the United States when Garfield was assassinated (1830-1886)

From the name of the legendary king, probably related to Proto-Celtic *artos (“bear”). Further suggestions include Old Welsh arth (“bear”) and ur (“man”). Latin origin has also been suggested.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A village in Illinois
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada
  6. A village in Nebraska
  7. A ghost town in Nevada
  8. A city in North Dakota
  9. A town and a community in Wisconsin

After Arthur Guinness, a famous brewer.

  1. (Ireland, informal) Guinness stout.

    Arthur was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norman, and Norwegian

    Notable Persons With the Name Arthur

    Arthur Miller

    Arthur Miller was a writer. Arthur was given the name Arthur Asher Miller on October 17th, 1915 in Harlem , New York, United States. He died on February 10th, 2005.

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    The Duke of Wellington

    The Duke of Wellington was an office holder. His military service ended in 1852. The was given the name Arthur Wesley on May 1st, 1769 in 6. He died on September 14th, 1852.

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    Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer is an actor. Christopher was given the name Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer on December 13th, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a novelist, poet, physician, and short story. Arthur was given the name Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle on May 22nd, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He passed away on July 7th, 1930.

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    Art Garfunkel

    Art Garfunkel is a folk music, rock music, and pop music musician. He plays Piano and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1956 to present. Art was given the name Arthur Ira Garfunkel on November 5th, 1941 in Queens, New York, United States.

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    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a philosopher. Arthur was born on February 22nd, 1788 in Gdańsk. He left this life on September 21st, 1860.

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    • Sir Arthur C. Clarke
      (writer)
    • Arthur Rimbaud
      (writer)
    • Artie Lange
      (influential somebody)
    • Arthur Ashe
      (tennis player)
    • Arthur Blank
      (the home depot)
    • Tab Hunter
      (actor)
    • Stan Laurel
      (actor)
    • Arthur
      (royalty)
    • Arthur Darvill
      (actor)
    • Molefi Kete Asante
      (professor)
    • Tony Randall
      (actor)
    • Art Carney
      (actor)
    • Art Bell
      (presenter)
    • Arthur Koestler
      (famous somebody)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Arthur

    Chester A. Arthur

    Chester A. Arthur was an Engineer-in-Chief of the New York Militia, Inspector General of the New York Militia, Quartermaster General of the New York Militia, 21st President of the United States, 20th Vice President of the United States, Engineer-in-Chief of theNew York Mili. His military service ended in 1863. Chester was born on October 5th, 1829 in Fairfield, Vermont, U.S. He died on November 18th, 1886.

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    James Arthur

    James Arthur is a singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. James was born on March 2nd, 1988 in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

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    Beatrice "Bea" Arthur

    Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an actress, comedian, and singer. She was most prominent from 1947 to 2008. Beatrice was given the name Bernice Frankel on May 13th, 1922 in New York City, New York, U.S. She left this life on April 25th, 2009.

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    Arthur

    Arthur was royalty. He holds the title Prince of Wales. Arthur was born as the child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York on September 20th, 1486 in Winchester Cathedral Priory. He died on April 2nd, 1502.

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    Prince Arthur

    Prince Arthur was a Governor General of Canada and [[#External links. His career lasted from 1874 to 1942. Prince was born as the child of Albert, Prince Consort, and Queen Victoria on May 1st, 1850 in Buckingham Palace. He died on January 16th, 1942.

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    Jean Arthur

    Jean Arthur was an actress. She was most prominent from 1923 to 1975. Jean was given the name Gladys Georgianna Greene on October 17th, 1900 in Plattsburgh, New York, U.S. She passed away on June 19th, 1991.

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    What does the name Arthur mean?

    Ais for adorable, how precious

    Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

    Tis for talent, hidden or not.

    His for hand, that you always give.

    Uis for useful, always to others.

    Ris for rock star, let it out!

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