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Arthur Name Meaning
Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, and French: from the ancient Celtic personal name Arthur. In many cases it is a shortened form of Scottish or Irish McArthur, the patronymic Mac- often being dropped in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries under English influence. The personal name is most probably from an old Celtic word meaning ‘bear’. Compare Gaelic art, Welsh arth, both of which mean ‘bear’. It has been in regular use as a personal name in Britain since the early Middle Ages, owing its popularity in large part to the legendary exploits of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, which gave rise to a prolific literature in Welsh, French, English, German, and other European languages.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Arthur Families

  • Number of Arthur families
     162 - 322
     55 - 161
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Arthur families
     430 - 858
     144 - 429
     1 - 143
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Arthur families
     300 - 597
     101 - 299
     1 - 100
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Arthur Family Origin

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Arthur Immigration Information

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Arthur Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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