Immediate reactions to Arthur

(81 Posts)
Ruththetooth Wed 26-Dec-12 16:37:40

I really like it and think it's a good, solid, masculine name but not sure if I'm brave enough to use it as I'm sure some people will think it's a really odd choice. I'd love to know your immediate and honest first reactions to it. I know I shouldn't be bothered by what other people think but that's how I am...obviously, or I wouldn't be asking for your opinions.

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Wed 26-Dec-12 16:39:06

I love Arthur, was very soundly vetoed by DH though.

Sunnywithachanceofjinglebells Wed 26-Dec-12 16:39:24

I think it's absolutely lovely. smile

Bajas Wed 26-Dec-12 16:39:28

Love it smile

AmberLeaf Wed 26-Dec-12 16:39:45

I did think 'Athur Fowler' for a second BUT, I do really like the name Arthur!

I love it actually, cure on a little boy, but 'mannish' enough for when he is older.

ChoccyJules Wed 26-Dec-12 16:41:24

Lovely :-)

Nishky England Wed 26-Dec-12 16:42:32


1978andallthat Wed 26-Dec-12 16:44:46

I knew someone at university called this and thought it was unbelievably posh. But like it now.

GrandPoohBah Wed 26-Dec-12 16:46:25

I like smile

Melody3boys Wed 26-Dec-12 16:47:09

Personally, I don't like it...but as a small child out next door neighbour was called Arthur so maybe I've just got it in my head as an old man's name. I have come across it on a few small boys though so it seems socially acceptable. Sorry, I'm not really much help!

lalalonglegs Wed 26-Dec-12 16:57:40

I don't think you have to be brave - there's quite a few Arthurs round our way. I didn't used to like it but am becoming inured as I get to know more of them.

chinglebellsbatmansmells Wed 26-Dec-12 16:57:49

I love it.

Welovecouscous Wed 26-Dec-12 17:00:45


Bf who is really cool has just used this as her DS's MN.

Love it smile

Selks Wed 26-Dec-12 17:03:45

I like it

Indith Wed 26-Dec-12 17:05:06

I have. a 9 month old one. most people say they like it.

drownangels Wed 26-Dec-12 17:08:46

Hate it!

everlong Wed 26-Dec-12 17:08:46

Love Arthur.

notnowImreading Wed 26-Dec-12 17:08:58

King of the Britons! (Might get some minor teasing when his friends discover Monty Python in their early teens). As associations go, it's pretty good.

Catsu Wed 26-Dec-12 17:11:25

It was my boy name when I had dd. it's gorgeous!!

FaLaLaLaLauraPalmer Wed 26-Dec-12 17:31:13

It's a fine name - not unusual at all, currently a very popular, common name. No 'bravery' required!

Clary Wed 26-Dec-12 17:35:16

Arthur not an odd choice. I luuurrrve it. Everyone can spell it and say it and it is nickname free which I like.

Names of that era are becoming more popular as I am sure you know.

I know a lovely one who is 13yo grin - he is the only one in his school (which he likes) but we have come across one or two others (one is in DS2's school, aged 7 I think) so it's not totally out there.

NellyBluth Wed 26-Dec-12 17:36:38

Love love love it. It was very high up our list for a DS. I'm almost slightly annoyed DD has an 'A' name as I don't think we can use Arthur for any future DS's!

KindleMum Wed 26-Dec-12 17:37:27

I don't like it at all but it's very popular at present so I don't see that you need to be brave, if you like it, use it - it's not like he'll be the only Arthur at school - I know 3 under 5 yrs at present.

LaCiccolina Wed 26-Dec-12 17:38:30



Round table.

Quite like it. Def like short of "art". Very cool.

KindleMum Wed 26-Dec-12 17:43:30

Depending on the accent local to you - will it bother you if he's mainly an Arfur?

sparkle12mar08 Wed 26-Dec-12 18:23:09

It's all right, nothing special.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 26-Dec-12 18:27:06

Love it!

I would use it but it would cause untold issues in my family because it was my paternal grandfathers name. Which isn't the only reason I like it. But I'd have to honour every other man in my family if I ever used it.

MissPricklePants Wed 26-Dec-12 18:30:57

Love it!!

DS was born shortly after Arthur miller died, I wanted it, DH said no!

It's growing in popularity around here (south east)

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 26-Dec-12 18:32:43

Love love love it, but OH says it's too old man like missing the pint entirely
Seriously cool name though

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 26-Dec-12 18:32:56

Point not pint

CitizenOscar Wed 26-Dec-12 22:18:15

Not a big fan myself but 2 separate friends called their sons Arthur within 2 weeks of each other last year!

HelpOneAnother Wed 26-Dec-12 23:05:26

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ArthurandGeorge Wed 26-Dec-12 23:07:19

Love it!

serin Wed 26-Dec-12 23:27:06

All it brings to mind is this chap Arthur

What's not to like? grin

preggersbycheggers Thu 27-Dec-12 07:09:46

My DS is called Arthur. He is nearly 2 now.

We first announced his name there was genuine shock including my DM refusing to call him Arthur and instead calling him the baby!

I still love it and also like the fact there is no abbreviation.

Very popular. Three in my school atm.

FaLaLaLaLauraPalmer Thu 27-Dec-12 09:39:39

No abbreviation, preggers? Art and Artie are both derivatives of Arthur (as is the less common 'Thor'!)

MyFabulousBoys Thu 27-Dec-12 09:45:14

Great! But I had a lovely Arthur in my family so that probably influences my feelings!

Chottie Thu 27-Dec-12 09:47:24

It was my GF name and my late uncles and now I have a year old cousin called Arthur. It really suits him, he is one of those 'Winston Churchill' type babies.

zxcv123 Thu 27-Dec-12 11:40:24

I like it and it's definitely become more popular recently. One of David Cameron's children is called Arthur. And I wonder if Wills & Kate have a son if they'll choose it? (Who could resist the temptation of a future King Arthur?? Especially with Merlin being on the telly and all that!)

almapudden Thu 27-Dec-12 12:19:06

I loved it until I taught a horrible one. Now it reminds me of him! But it is a lovely, strong name.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Thu 27-Dec-12 13:42:22

Love it.

There is a theory that the king arthur character was actually a nickname, 'arthur' means the bear in some old welsh dialect. That's me done on random fact of the day!

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Thu 27-Dec-12 14:29:43

To be honest I used to think of it as an old grand dad type name, old fashioned etc, but I do know a baby Arthur and have come round to seeing it as a lovely, strong name.

perplexedpirate Thu 27-Dec-12 14:34:31

It reminds me of Arthur Darvill, who is hot.
Also, Art is a cool nickname.
I would consider this for a DS2. Really like it.

NotInGuatemalaNowDrRopata Thu 27-Dec-12 14:38:18

It's ok, but what would put me off is the knowledge that so many people would pronounce it "Arfur"

DebK2012 Thu 27-Dec-12 15:23:00

Know a knew born one and they call him Arthur Christmas wink

DebK2012 Thu 27-Dec-12 15:23:23

Meant to be newborn blush

Dogsmom Thu 27-Dec-12 21:59:16

My first thought is 'Aaarrrffuuurrr' from On The Buses.

I reckon it's going to be the new Harry soon though as it's starting to become popular again.

Dinosaurdrip Thu 27-Dec-12 23:32:28

Love, love, love it! It is DS's mn and DN's name it makes me smile every time I hear it.

Feckthehalls Thu 27-Dec-12 23:41:50


RiaUnderTheMistletoe Sun 30-Dec-12 01:03:20

Like it, makes me think of Merlin.

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sun 30-Dec-12 01:07:11

No abbreviation? No nickname? LOL are you two (Clary & Preggers) serious?


I like Artie, not so keen on Arthur - but it's certainly not edgy, there are plenty of them around now smile

vesti23 Sun 30-Dec-12 12:04:50

Love smile

buttercrumble Sun 30-Dec-12 12:06:09

Love it....

OhGood Sun 30-Dec-12 12:09:08

On my list too! Not sure about 'Art' and 'Artie' though and I am an inveterate shortner of names. What are you thinking for a short version?

smother Sun 30-Dec-12 15:19:22

I love it too. Also love Hector.

My nephew is called Arthur. Or Ar-Ha as my DD calls him because she struggled with it at first! grin

spottyock Sun 30-Dec-12 20:02:28

Love it!
It was my paternal GD's name and definitely the front runner if this one is a boy.

Rowan1204 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:34:43

Love it and have decided if my twins are boys one of them will definitely be an Arthur. Artie for short. If you love it then go for it!

specialknickers Mon 31-Dec-12 12:51:55

It's very fashionable where I live - that would put me off a bit (fashionable soon becomes a bit too popular and then dated) but its a good strong name. I wanted it for ds but was over ruled...

usualsuspect3 Mon 31-Dec-12 12:52:57

It was my Dads name, I don't like it though.

It will always be an old mans name to me.

Clary Mon 31-Dec-12 14:24:14

The Arthur I know well is never ever nicknamed, so I am basing it on that. Obviously you can shorten it if you want tho I don't know anyone who goes by Art or Thor, myself.

My point was that if your name is Thomas or Madeline it is very difficult to avoid Tom and Maddie. I just prefer names that are used in full (tho DS2 is known always as his shorter version, so that makes no sense!)

BTW fashionable must be very regional I think. As I say, the 13yo is the only one in his school (1200); I think there is one in DS2's infant and junior (500) and none where I teach (1000+)

muffinino82 Mon 31-Dec-12 22:32:25

Love it. Welsh for bear-like, very manly wink

These days, it makes me think of Inception and the rather lovely Joseph Gordon Levitt. Nothing but positives for me grin

spudmurphy Mon 31-Dec-12 22:43:23

Old man's name. Sorry.grin

justaweeone Mon 31-Dec-12 22:46:12

Love it
Know a 12 year old one

Tigerbomb Mon 31-Dec-12 22:57:29

It was my Dads name - I think of Arthur Daley and Arthur Fowler before anything else

An old man's name

PickledInAPearTree Mon 31-Dec-12 23:00:27

It's not that common where I am! It's on my list for ds2 love it.

FiveFestiveFlowers Mon 31-Dec-12 23:43:24

It was my great uncle's name and he was born in 1894, so it's an old man's name to me. He was sweet though.

Jakeyblueblue Tue 01-Jan-13 17:30:41

I love it. Sadly dh hates it. Thinks its an old farts name. I've always liked it but knew I probably wouldn't ever use it because of that reason, but there was a young handsome presenter on the Paralympics called Arthur and I actually thought it really suited him as young man and sounded pretty cool.
I don't think he will ever let me have it as a first name but its a def contender for a middle name if we ever have another boy grin

3smellysocks Tue 01-Jan-13 23:39:43

solid fab name

Ihatepeas Wed 02-Jan-13 08:13:11

Gorgeous! I know a lovely little Arthur. It's a fabulous name!

lollystix Wed 02-Jan-13 10:04:40


seeker Wed 02-Jan-13 10:06:15

My first though?

"Not another Arthur!"

VickyU Sat 05-Jan-13 22:20:44

I absolutely love Arthur. In fact I think we are going to use it ourselves for DS1 due in three weeks! BUT - I am having second thoughts simply based on how crazily popular it seems to have become literally in the last few months. I have three facebook friends (who don't know each other) who have all given birth to boys in the last two weeks. Two of them have been called Arthur and one of them is George Arthur. Now I know that is not a very scientific study of the popularity of the name Arthur....but it has freaked me out a bit!

AuntieShirley Sun 06-Jan-13 00:54:42

Very, very trendy and I am not keen at all.

AuntyAnna Sun 06-Jan-13 01:25:49

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stayinginstate Sun 06-Jan-13 23:23:25

Dreadful name, my immediate reaction is disbelief that anyone could really use it but I have an aversion to grandpa names generally.

PartTimeModel Sun 06-Jan-13 23:33:01

Love itsmile

babysaurus Sun 06-Jan-13 23:35:56

Like it but its VERY fashionable at the moment! Arthur's are currently either over 80 or under 5

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