Arthur

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Arthur

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

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  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)
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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 Named Arthur

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

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 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 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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    How popular is the baby name Arthur in the U.S.?

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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 9,329 47 9,282 #17 boy name
    1918 10,170 65 10,105 #17 boy name
    1919 9,596 57 9,539 #19 boy name
    1920 10,302 64 10,238 #18 boy name
    1921 10,578 52 10,526 #19 boy name
    1922 10,174 55 10,119 #19 boy name
    1923 9,976 57 9,919 #19 boy name
    1924 10,229 56 10,173 #20 boy name
    1925 10,063 78 9,985 #20 boy name
    1926 9,541 78 9,463 #20 boy name
    1927 9,424 82 9,342 #22 boy name
    1928 8,973 94 8,879 #22 boy name
    1929 8,561 90 8,471 #22 boy name
    1930 8,357 80 8,277 #23 boy name
    1931 7,594 68 7,526 #23 boy name
    1932 6,972 57 6,915 #25 boy name
    1933 6,567 47 6,520 #25 boy name
    1934 6,497 52 6,445 #29 boy name
    1935 6,588 43 6,545 #29 boy name
    1936 6,317 54 6,263 #30 boy name
    1937 6,371 58 6,313 #31 boy name
    1938 6,565 43 6,522 #32 boy name
    1939 6,421 42 6,379 #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 7,822 42 7,780 #30 boy name
    1944 7,300 46 7,254 #29 boy name
    1945 6,834 32 6,802 #34 boy name
    1946 7,572 33 7,539 #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 7,184 25 7,159 #46 boy name
    1951 7,446 28 7,418 #44 boy name
    1952 7,268 34 7,234 #47 boy name
    1953 7,026 33 6,993 #50 boy name
    1954 6,896 37 6,859 #52 boy name
    1955 6,607 34 6,573 #56 boy name
    1956 6,312 34 6,278 #60 boy name
    1957 6,090 34 6,056 #66 boy name
    1958 5,691 25 5,666 #71 boy name
    1959 5,494 28 5,466 #77 boy name
    1960 5,226 30 5,196 #82 boy name
    1961 4,838 25 4,813 #85 boy name
    1962 4,470 33 4,437 #91 boy name
    1963 4,303 29 4,274 #91 boy name
    1964 4,187 36 4,151 #90 boy name
    1965 3,810 34 3,776 #96 boy name
    1966 3,497 12 3,485 #96 boy name
    1967 3,338 29 3,309 #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 2,046 22 2,024
    1976 1,921 19 1,902
    1977 1,982 9 1,973
    1978 1,893 18 1,875
    1979 1,881 17 1,864
    1980 1,836 18 1,818
    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 1,586 16 1,570
    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 880 0 880
    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 1,027 0 1,027
    2014 1,145 0 1,145
    2015 1,242 0 1,242
    2016 1,338 5 1,333

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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

    • Johnson
    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Miller
    • Davis
    • Nelson
    • Wilson
    • Taylor
    • Thompson
    • Thomas
    • White
    • Moore
    • Martin
    • Jackson
    • Harris
    • Peterson
    • Clark

    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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    Fun Facts about the name Arthur

    • How Popular is the name Arthur? Arthur is the 120th most popular name of all time. As a last name Arthur was the 1,247th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Arthur have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 528,956 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 10,526 babies. That's a lot of babies named Arthur!
    • Random Arthur Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arthur ranks 21st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 14 babies in Delaware have the same name as you in 1935.
    • 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 Arhrtu. 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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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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