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Men named Arthur comes in all shapes and sizes. While some think of arthur in relation to the Dudley Moore/Russell Brand character from the film of the same name, or Arthur the cartoon bear with harry potter glasses (although I think that’s less likely) or maybe think of actress Selma Blair’s little boy, Arthur Saint, I prefer to think of King Arthur – a man who was strong, extremely fair (knights of the round table- how progressive) and quite romantic, or Arthur Miller the playwright who wrote ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ (and was once married to Marilyn Monroe). Oh, and don’t forget the very clever Arthur C. Clarke who created Sherlock Holmes!
The name Arthur is a name that you might expect to don a man over the age of 65 years. However, with new parents wanting to honour fathers, grandfathers or family names, arthur has started to rise in popularity – however not to the point that you will find you have two arthurs in one classroom at school! Be careful if naming your little boy, Arthur. It is far from being in vogue and family and friends who are known to prefer the newer names like Brayden or Jay might not be so happy or supportive when you announce your newborn son’s name.
Arthur springs to mind a gentle, yet masculine man who is a dependable and loyal friend, father and brother. I imagine Arthur to be a man who knows what he wants to do and does it with dedication and attention to detail. He is a perfectionist who likes routine and is a very attentive husband and a fun, supportive and loving father. I think of Arthur as a debonnaire gentleman who serves himself a scotch on the rocks at night when he gets home.
There are many meanings of the name Arthur but the ones that come up again and again are the english meanings: brave, a leader, noble, and follower of the god Thor. My favourite, however, is the celtic origin of the name in which Arthur means “bear” – how adorable!
My husband’s grandfather was named Arthur. Although I never met him, I almost feel like I knew him because of how much everyone loves to talk about him. He was a police officer who worked in country South Australia during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. He was gentle, patient, wickedly funny and loved to eat sweet things. He never placed judgement on his children and I have a photo of Arthur and his wife sharing a passionate kiss well into their late 60s. He was like a father to my husband and had very special relationships with all of his grandchildren. My husband thinks back fondly to his childhood when he would be desperate to go stay at Nan and Pops house.
In name numerology, the A of Arthur is a 1 in numerology and this represents communication and independence. Often people with A, J and S names are found to be leaders (whatever they do). The full name of Arthur is calculated as a 5, which means that men named Arthur are entertainers who are intelligent and curious, restless, busy, youthful, great with their hands, make friends easily and love change, are trusting and innocent, like to try everything and are a lot of fun to be with.
When I think of the name Arthur, I sometimes imagine a ruby red woolen jumper (warm, reliable and easy to be with!), but with a younger man, I think of a beautiful golden liquid – like scotch or molasses.
Some pretty names that are similar to, or great nicknames for Arthur are: Art, Artie, Archie, Bear, and maybe even Arturo.
James, William, Finn, Samuel, Henry, and Hugo.
Sisters: Eleanor, Esther, Harriet, Alice, Dora, and Rose
Brothers: Rupert, Jasper, Theodore, Lewis, Casper, and Frederick
Do you know of any Arthurs? Are you an Arthur? Tell us what the name means to you!