Its source is Arnthor, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "Thor, the eagle."
This boy's name is used in Italian and Spanish.
The name Arturo ranked 290th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 304th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Other possible sources include an Irish Gaelic word meaning ''stone''; Artorius, a Latin family name; and artos, the Celtic word for ''bear.''
Scholars believe the most famous bearer of this name, King Arthur, was really an ancient Celtic chieftain whose story was embellished and romanticized centuries after his death. The real facts may interest us, but they could never compete with the Knights of the Round Table, the sword Excalibur, Guinevere and Lancelot, the quest for the Holy Grail, and the many other Arthurian legends that have been told and re-told for the last thousand years.
Arts and Music
Arturo Toscanini (born 1867, died 1957)
Italian conductor and musical director.
Directed La Scala and the NBC Symphony through some of their finest hours (see list of Conductors)