The surname Arthurs is found in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and is derived from the ancient Celtic personal name Arthur. In many cases it is a shortened form of Scottish or Irish McArthur, the patronymic Mac- often being dropped in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries under English influence. The personal name is most probably from an old Celtic word meaning “bear.” The first written reference to the name was in 1135 when Geoffrey Arthur is registered in the "Records of Oseney Abbey", Oxfordshire. One Mathew Arthur of Plimpton, aged 18 yrs., departed from Plymouth in February 1634, aboard the "Bonaventure" bound for St. Christophers, and was an early emigrant to the New World.
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