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[Ir., bear, in the sense of champion].

A name borne by several legendary heroes, of whom the best known is Art mac Cuinn, as well as some figures in genealogies. The name is sometimes confused with Arthur, which some nationalistic Welsh commentators link to the Welsh word arth, ‘bear’. Despite this rather forced parallel, there does not seem to be any indication that Art is derived from Arthur.

Subjects: Religion.

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