Origin:Celtic
Popularity:293
Meaning:bear or Thor, the eagle
The legendary King Arthur, who formed the Round Table (with his knights) in sixth-century England, made the name popular in the Middle Ages. Yet there’s not much agreement on what the name means—everything from “bear” (from the Celtic “artos”) to “Arnthor” (an Old German name that means “Thor, the eagle.” After languishing for almost a century, the name is making a comeback thanks to parents like actress Selma Blair, who named her son Arthur in 2011.

Famous Arthurs

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Arthur
    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • Arthur Ashe
    Tennis Player
  • Arthur C. Clarke
    Author
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
    Author
  • Arthur Darvill
    TV Actor
  • Arthur Miller
    Playwright
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    Poet
  • Chester A. Arthur
    United States President

Popularity Trend Chart

Roll over the visual for detailed rankings by year.

Source: Social Security Administration

Not sure you have the perfect name? Search to add more baby names to your My Favorites list.