I am not totally sure about this however, I used a search engine for the surname spelled Arnar. It took me to Icelandic sites.
I contacted someone there on a site and requested info about the name. I was told it was most generally used as a first name for men. but there are variations such as Arnarsdottir and Arnerson and so on sort of the same way the Fitz or Mac parts of names are used only backwards meaning applied to the end. It was a way of saying son of so and so, or daughter of so and so.. In Wales it's ap Owain or ab Owain ab Owen which literally means son of Owen , One variation corrupted to become Bowen in some instances.
Also I have seen where it comes from Sweden, or Dutch Swedish. There is a site on the Web with just such a site, that talks about a group of Arner/Arnar/Aner variations. It didn't seem to corrupt too much.
I probably haven't even touched on all of the reasons nor places this name possibly comes from, and hopefully someone else more familiar with it will be able to correct me where I am wrong, or add to it. One thing I am sure about though is it is not a very common name and very hard to track which seems to be contradictory, but truth in my case. Good Luck.
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