Last Name ARTHUR


Meaning The son of Arthur. A rare font-name in the Hundred Rolls. Very common since the battle of Waterloo and the publication of Tennyson's poems.
A strong man; from 'Ar' (Lat. 'vir'), a man, and 'thor,' strong. In the Gaelic, 'Air' is the same as 'Fear,' a man; and the ancient Scythians called a man 'Aior.' 'Thor' was the Jupiter of the Teutonic races, their god of thunder. In Welsh, 'Arth' is a bear, an emblem of strength and courage, and 'ur' a noun termination, a man. Arthur, a bear-man, a hero, a man of strength; the name of a British prince.
Origin English, Scottish, French, Native American, Belgian, Ghanaian, Hungarian

Rank 1,172 (2000 US census) 1,227 (1990 US census)
Count 27,383 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 80.21%, or 21964 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 14.03%, or 3842 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.67%, or 183 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 1.88%, or 515 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.7%, or 466 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.5%, or 411 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

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