Name: Arthur

Origin and Meaning of the Name Arthur

  • Meaning:
    Possibly "bear" or "stone"
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  • Meaning:
    Possibly "bear man"
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  • Pronunciation:
    (AR thur)
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    Itself (Arthur)
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Miscellaneous Info for Arthur

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    English speaking countries
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    Arthur is a name that probably dates back as far as pre-Roman times in Britain. It is possibly derived from the Celtic "artos" (bear), the Irish Gaelic "art" (stone), or the Welsh term "arth gwyr," or "bear man." Its modern form may be based partly on the Roman gens name "Artorius," though this similarity may be simply coincidental. Its most famous bearer is certainly the legendary King Arthur. Modern fictional Arthurs include Arthur Dent, of Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and Arthur the Aardvark in the animated PBS children's series "Arthur."

    It is also the surname of 21st President of the US, Chester A. Arthur and actress Bea Arthur.

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