The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He may or may not have been a real person. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.
The name came into general use in England in the Middle Ages due to the prevalence of Arthurian romances, and it enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 19th century. Famous bearers include German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), mystery author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008).
- quoted from Behind The Name
In recent years Arthur ranked #3 in Belgium, #12 in France, #41 in England and Wales, #41 in Denmark, #72 in Switzerland, #98 in New Zealand, and #306 in the USA. It was much more popular in the 1800's often ranking at #20 or higher.
My love of this name mostly started with watching the BBC show Merlin where the cast are all younger folks and King Arthur is played by actor Bradley James.
I'm not sure I would use the name Arthur for a son but I do like it a lot, especially combos Arthur William, Arthur Henry, Arthur Humphrey, Arthur James and Arthur Philip.
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