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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Arthur
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Arthur in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Arthur:
Records indicate that 520,593 boys in the United States have been named Arthur since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 10,523 people in the U.S. were given the name Arthur. Those people are now 99 years old.
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Comments about the name Arthur
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14 Positive Comments
"We named our Son Arthur Quinn in 2011. We?ve called him Artie most of his life. He ( and us) get loads of compliments on his name. As for the name calling: We are responsible for raising kids who are kind and respectful- kids who make fun of other kids are a direct reflection of their home life. Second, Artie has learned to laugh along with the funny takes on his name and move on. He knows The world has bigger issues than his name." Jul. 5, 2020:
"Arthur is the name of the man i have loved since i was 14. Im 60 now & my feelings for him grow deeper everyday and hes absolutely the hottest lover ive ever had the pleasure of sharing Gods greatest gift with. Since we met we've spent less than a year in each others presence. Not because we are married to other ppl, no..becos we live 1000 miles apart. But i think Arthur is a most handsome, sexy name. Rugged, intelligent and a real "Man's Man" title full of honor." Oct. 28, 2018:
"I named my son Arthur, and we've had nothing but compliments. With all of the Aidens and soundalikes out there, I find old fashioned nsmes really refreshing. To the negative folks out there claiming children will get beat up with this or that name, kids will always find ways to be cruel, regardless of a child's name." Jul. 19, 2017:
"A wonderful name. Noble and suitable for a great handsome man." Dec. 8, 2016:
"I have a boy named Arthur. It's distinctive refined. People under 50 love it.
Regarding the posters who say kids will make fun of the name: kids make fun of anything they can,and pretty much any name is fair game for kids. In the US, the names Cooper and Parker (etc ad nauseum) are very popular right now and I suppose the parents don't see how they could go wrong with such trendy names. But given the childhood obesity epidemic, and the popularity of the name Parker, how long do you think it will be until the red hot "Parker" name falls out of favor when school kids start referring to pudgier Parkers as "Porker"? Cooper will obviously be corrupted as Pooper. My point is, kids will make fun of your kid for something. It WILL happen. If your kid has the" perfect" name, they're going to make fun of his face instead. Or his shoes. Or his ethnicity. Or the house he lives in. Or his mom. Or the car you drive. Or his funny smelling clothes. Or his teeth.... Get it? They can make fun of any name and even if they couldn't, they'd find something." Dec. 26, 2015:
"I'm called Arthur and never had a problem. My wife even told me her interest was piqued when she heard people talking about this Arthur character.
Can't fault it - power to the Arthurs!" Apr. 20, 2015:
"My name's Arthur, and I like that it's a rare name... It seems to carry with it a sense of nobility and chivalry that I believe those given this name will live up to." Feb. 18, 2015:
"Arthur is a fantastic name with a rich history. Stick your "Jayeden" and "Kaeighleigh"--I'll give my children real names, thanks." Dec. 19, 2010:
"I will name my son Artur. Souns with a lot respect!" Jun. 29, 2010:
"I think it's cute, and deserves a speedy revival. :)" Mar. 17, 2010:
"Arthur is the name of a King, a playwright and a professional tennis player.
It can be shortened to Arty or Art if you want to have some fun.
It sounds like an old man's name because it's not as common any more. The same way that Jayden and Tyler used to sound low class." Jan. 21, 2009:
"Dude, you people are high. The name "Arthur" rules. Toot, toot! Get on the "Arthur Train!" Let's see...King Arthur. Arthur the Anteater. 'Nuff said. Ya'll need to respect." Mar. 23, 2007:
"My son is named Arthur. Many people say Author...I hate it." Aug. 22, 2006:
"people love this name. i get alot of chicks that want to see my little arthur. they love the name, as well as the body that goes with it. this name has totally changed my life. thank you for the name. without finding the name on this website, i would be very unhappy. but, when i was searching the world wide web one day and i saw the name arthur, i took it and me life is so much better now. thanks a million. so this one time, right after i got my new name, i met this chicky named gwendoline, and she says "hey there boy, what's your first name?" And to this i responded well, as of recently, my name is arthur, thanks to the world wide web. then, a man named kim showed up. and he had a haircut, as well as a long white jacket with a patch. and gwendoline says, you are much better than him, becuase your name is arthur. i like the name arthur so much better than kim. then, she asked to see little arthur, and i said sure. she shook hands with little arthur, and kim got mad." Feb. 16, 2006:
2 Negative Comments
"This name is unpleasent to the ear as evidenced by its rarity. Nobody would give this name to a child unless they wanted to see him beat up on the playground every day. Nobody would want to spend a lifetime answering to such a horrid sound. People will always react negatively to someone with this name. A name has to go before you on things like job applications. Do you want your son to have to live down the negative images of this horrid sounding name his whole life?" Apr. 28, 2010:
"Not really the right name for a little boy...it makes me think of an old grandfather with a walking stick. Alfred, Ernest, Frank and Stanley are also in this category, as are women's names like Agnes, Edith, Florence, Mabel, and Violet." Feb. 3, 2007:
16 Neutral Comments
"I am trans and changing my name to Arthur soon. I like it." May. 5, 2018:
"I'm ok with my name, but sometimes I wished I had a different name" Jan. 15, 2017:
"My son is named Arthur, after his beloved deceased paternal grandfather. It was a wonderful way to honor a man who I never met but who by all accounts was a generous and kind soul. My Arthur is a high school sophomore now, and I like that he's always been the only one with that name. He is unique, funny, and respected for who he is and for his unusual name." Mar. 25, 2015:
"My names Arthur and people automatically treat me with respect just because my name sounds "fancy" and honestly nobody has really ever picked on me for it.. I think it's a good name. Strong. My dad and his da befor him have been named Arthur and they all are very rich a well respected." Nov. 4, 2013:
"Other evil men named Arthur I can think of, Damages' Arthur Frobisher aside, include Arthur Petrelli of 'Heroes' and real-life American serial killer Arthur Shawcross. Good Arthurs, meanwhile, include American playwright Arthur Miller, African-American tennis player Arthur Ashe, and, of course, King Arthur." May. 10, 2011:
"Despite the legendary hero King Arthur, some Arthurs over the years have been villains instead. One evil man named Arthur I can think of is the Damages character Arthur Frobisher (played by ex-'Cheers' star Ted Danson)" Mar. 15, 2011:
"Not only is Arthur an old man name, it's also the name of the girlish-sounding male robot from an old Power Rangers-like show in Japan called Earth Squadron (or Chikyuu Sentai) Fiveman, a robot who raised the five orphaned Hoshikawa siblings and later transformed into a bazooka called the 'Earth Cannon' when it comes to finishing off an evil monster du jour" Dec. 6, 2010:
"I agree with the "Y'all need to respect" guy/girl, lol. Arthur is a very cool name in my eyes. It's way more sophisticated than Hunter or Jayden or something. Sounds like a dude who isn't afraid to be himself..." Apr. 30, 2010:
"Arthur is the 12th most unpopular male name in the UK, according to a report last August about several old-fashioned names on the verge of dying out in the UK, while Albert and Stanley are 13th and 17th respectively on the male endangered list, Frank is in eighth position there, and Leonard is in 10th position. On the female endangered list lies Gertrude at no.1, Ethel at no.3, Elsie at no.9, Mabel at no.10, and Florence at no.20" Aug. 20, 2009:
"Talking of the name Arthur shared between dads and grandfathers, it was borne over the years by British comedian Arthur Askey, American playwright Arthur Miller, British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, Anglo-Canadian novelist Arthur Hailey, African-American tennis player Arthur Ashe, and television characters such as Arthur Dent in 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy' (based on the original Douglas Adams novel), Arthur Daley in the 1980s UK detective series 'Minder', Arthur Fowler who was Pauline Fowler's hen-pecked husband in the UK soap 'EastEnders', and most recently the corrupt businessman and family man Arthur Frobisher in the American drama Damages (the actor playing Mr Frobisher is former 'Cheers' star Ted Danson who had played lovable barman Sam Malone in the 1980s American sitcom)." May. 3, 2008:
"Even though Arthur is a somewhat unpopular name at the present time and one would generally associate this name with their dad or grandfather, some would consider it a classic name. I see it on men in their 50s as well as those aged 70 or above, but not really on youngsters today. It's usually, however, the old-fashioned female names like Mildred and Agnes which tend to become dated (and in their case terminally so)." May. 1, 2008:
"Can suit a man of any age between 40 and 90 or possibly 100, but I don't really see it on a young boy today. It was one of the top 100 boys' names until the 1960s (though it had already dropped out of the top 20 by 1940), but happens to be in decline at the present time. I've met a few Arthurs in my time and they're all in dad or grandad age." Apr. 27, 2008:
"Looks and sounds a bit like the word "author", which indicates a writer and originator of either gender (another word is "authoress", for women only, but that's usually considered disparaging - whereas "actress" is still more common than "actor" when used for a woman actor, and "actor" is a common word which more often indicates men than women who act in films, TV, and plays)." Apr. 23, 2008:
"I see this name as more a "dad name" or "grandad name" than a "boy name", but it's not that bad. I still wouldn't use it for my own son, though." Apr. 14, 2008:
"Arthur is my name. I also had an uncle named Arthur. I don't have a problem with it. Most people call me Art....my wife calls me Arthur when I'm in trouble :-)" Aug. 18, 2007:
"Arthur isn't bad but Art stinks. My dad's name is Arthur and was always teased growing up. I wouldn't name my child Arthur, but meeting a little boy named Arthur made him even cuter! Some names need to be retired!" Aug. 9, 2007:
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