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What does the name Arya mean?

The different meanings of the name Arya are:
  • Sanskrit meaning: Of nobility and honor; great; truthful
  • Indian meaning: Goddess Parvati, Durga
  • Persian meaning: noble
The meaning of the name “Arya” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: There is some debate about the name Arya, as this particular spelling is usually used for men in India. Arya has been used as a female name in some European countries and the US, although the more common way of spelling it is Aria. It’s said that the female meaning of Arya in India is “noble goddess”, while Aria means “lioness” in Aramaic and Hebrew.

Arya is a Sanskrit word that used to be used to show respect to others. This is one of the first origins of the word before it started to be given as a name. In the beginning it was frequently used as a male name, but that has been shifting over the decades and it has become a more popular girls name instead. Arya with a long final vowel 'a' is the feminine form of the name, and a name of the Goddess Parvati. Arya with a short final vowel 'a' is the masculine variant of the name. Many people choose to change the spelling before giving the name to their daughters, so the name becomes Aria. One common variation of the name is Arianna. Some common misspellings are Araya, Ariya, Area, and Areya.

The Persian root of Arya; Arya is a boy name in Iran (and was a boy name in Persia for many years). In India is a unisex name as explained above. Aria with ‘i’ has turned to be a girl name here in the US because of its close spelling and look to Ariel and Ariana. But Arya meaning noble and from Aryans is a Persian name for boys.

Popularity of the name Arya for females has not seen very much success, although the alternate spelling Aria is wildly popular around the world in English-speaking countries. In 2014 it was the 59th most popular girls name in the UK, the 31st most popular in the US, and the 35th most popular in Canada. It wasn’t until 2006 that Arya became a more common name for girls than for boys, however the spelling Aria has been used since the 1900s and has been a steady increase in popularity from the 1960s until its peak thus far in 2014.

Celebrities named Arya or Aria include the daughter of actress Micol Olivieri, Arya Massella; Aria Wallace, and American actress; and Aria Giovanni, a model and actress. Fictional characters sharing the name include Arya the elf princess in the Eragon book series, Arya from Game of Thrones, and Aria Montgomery from the TV series Pretty Little Liars.