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Quick Facts on Arturo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 510
Simple meaning:
Strong as a bear

Characteristics of Arturo

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Arturo

Spanish and Italian form of Arthur. Arthur is a name derived from the Celtic people most famously borne by King Arthur, king of the Britons who presided over the Knights of the Roundtable, upon which many early medieval legendary tales of chivalry and valor are based (see literary references below). The etymology of the name is not completely certain, although it’s believed to come from the Celtic word “artos” meaning ‘bear’ combined with “úr” meaning ‘fresh, pure’ suggesting that Arthur signified a person ‘pure or strong as a bear’. Due to the immense popularity of the Arthurian legends throughout Europe in the later Middle Ages, the name came into general use. By 19th century England, Arthur exploded with success thanks in part to Arthur being immortalized by poet Lord Alfred Tennyson in his work “Idylls of the King” (published between 1856 and 1885) and the famous Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman, Arthur Wellesley, who most famously defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo (1815). Arthur is still a Top 100 favorite in England and Wales, but more interestingly than that, it’s ranked #15 in France (2009) and #6 in Belgium (2008). Arturo is the 99th most popular name in Spain and ranked 77th in Mexico (2010).

Popularity of the Name Arturo

Arturo has existed on the U.S. male naming charts since 1900. The name grew slowly and steadily right along with the increasing Spanish-speaking population in the United States. As with many other Spanish names, Arturo reached his peak popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. However, as we’ve now entered the 21st century, Arturo is following a similar pattern to many other Spanish names. That is, it’s going back down the charts (despite the ever-growing Hispanic-population in the United States. Why? It seems that many Mexican Americans and those of other Latino descent are onto their second and third generations since their explosive growth in the U.S. population. These older generations have assimilated more into American society and are following the naming trends of the public at large, leaving their Spanish heritage names behind. Arturo is still a moderately popular name within the Spanish-speaking population. Like many Latin based male names, Arturo is another example of a three-syllable romantic, poetic sounding name. We hope Spanish speaking people don’t venture too far away from their gorgeous native names!
Popularity of the Boy Name Arturo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Arturo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Arturo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Arturo

    Arturo We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Arturo.

  • Popular Songs on Arturo

    Popular Songs on Arturo

    Arturo - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Arturo.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Arturo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Arturo

    Arturo's Baton (Syd Hoff) - When an orchestra conductor misplaces his baton and feels he cannot work without it, he learns this it is his own talent, not a little stick, that makes him famous. Booklist says: "Kids will enjoy the lighthearted treatment of a celebrity and the lyrical view of the music he makes." Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Una Aventura De Arturo (Marc Brown) - Spanish edition books available on Marc Brown’s classic children’s book series on Arturo the aardvark and his many adventures. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Arturo

    Famous People Named Arturo

    Famous People Named Arturo - Arturo Toscanini (Italian composer); Arturo de Córdova (Mexican actor); Arturo Freeman (football player); Arturo Gatti (Italian-Canadian boxer); Arturo Reggio (Italian chess player); Arturo Sandoval (Latin jazz musician); Arturo Vidal (Chilean soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Arturo

    Children of Famous People Named Arturo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Arturo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Arturo.

Personality of the Boy Name Arturo

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Arturo

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