Ariana (name)

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Pronunciation ær.iˈæn.ə, ær.iˈɒ.nə[1]
Gender Female
Word/name Persian
Meaning The land of Aryans
Region of origin Iran (Persia)
Other names
See also Ari, Aria, Anna, Ariona Ariane, Arianne, Arieana, Areanna, Arionna, Arriana, Aryonna, Aryanna, Arianna, Arihyona, Aryana, Ariadna, Ariadne, Arieanna, Aireanna, Ariya, Aryia[1]

Ariana is a feminine Persian name and stands for the land of Aryans. Arianna and Ariane are the two most common variations.


The name Ariana has the several possible following origins.

Ariana, the Latinized form of (Greek: ἡ 'Αρειανή/Arianē), was also a general geographical term used by some Greek and Roman authors of ancient period for a district of wide extent in Central Asia,[2] comprising the eastern part of the Persian empire, now all of Afghanistan and a part of Iran and southeast of Tajikistan.[3][4] The name of Iran (Persia) originates from Persian word Aryānā (Ariana) meaning "The Land of the Aryans".[5]

The name Arianna is also the Latinized form of the name Ariadne (Greek: Ἀριάδνη; Latin: Ariadna; "most holy", Cretan Greek αρι [ari] "most" and αδνος [adnos] "holy"), the daughter of Minos, King of Crete,[6] and his queen Pasiphaë, daughter of Helios, the Sun-titan,[7] from Greek mythology.

The name can also derive from the Welsh word 'arian', meaning silver.

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In the United States, the name Ariana was listed as the 78th most popular name for babies in 2006, with Arianna at 77.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Ariana". Behind the Name. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Greek and Roman geography". 
  3. ^ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2008
  4. ^ "Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, A , Argynnus , Ărĭāna". 
  5. ^ N.S. Gill. "Iran". Education. 
  6. ^ Homer, Odyssey 11.320, Hesiod, Theogony 947, and later authors.
  7. ^ Pasiphaë is mentioned as Ariadne's mother in Bibliotheke 3.1.2 (Pasiphaë, daughter of the Sun), in Apollonius' Argonautica iii.997, and in Hyginus Fabulae, 224.
  8. ^ "Popular Baby Names".