|Word/name||Avestan, or Greek, or Welsh|
|Meaning||The land of Aryans|
|Region of origin||Bactria|
|See also||Ari, Aria, Anna, Ariona, Ariane, Arianne, Arieana, Areanna, Arionna, Arriana, Aryonna, Aryanna, Arianna, Arihyona, Aryana, Ariadna, Ariadne, Arieanna, Aireanna, Ariya, Aryia|
Ariana is a feminine Avestan name, popular in many languages. 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, comprising the eastern part of the Persian empire, now all of Afghanistan and a part of Iran and southeast of Tajikistan. The name of Iran (Persia) originates from Persian word Aryānā (Ariana) meaning "The Land of the Aryans".
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, and his queen Pasiphaë, daughter of Helios, the Sun-titan, from Greek mythology.
- Ariana (actress) (born 1958), adult film actress
- Ariana Barouk, Cuban model
- Ariana Berlin (born 1987), American gymnast and actor
- Ariana Chris (born 1975), Canadian opera singer
- Ariana Gillis (born 1990), Canadian singer-songwriter
- Ariana Grande (born 1993), American actress and singer
- Ariana Guido (born 1999), American actress
- Ariana Jollee (born 1982), American pornographic actress
- Ariana Kelly (born 1976), American politician
- Ariana Kukors (born 1989), American swimmer
- Ariana Miyamoto (born 1994), Japanese model
- Ariana Nozeman (1626–1661), Dutch actress
- Ariana Reines (born 1982), American poet and activist
- Ariana Richards (born 1979), American actress and painter
- Ariana Savalas (born 1987), American musician
- Arianna Afsar, American beauty pageant contestant and semi-finalist on American Idol
- Arianna Bergamaschi, singer, stage actress and television presenter
- Arianna Follis, an Italian cross country skier
- Arianna Fontana, an Italian short track speed skater
- Arianna Huffington, a co-founder of Huffington Post
- Arianna Savall, Swiss-born Spanish classical singer, harpist, and composer
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, a swimmer from the Bahamas
- Arianna Zukerman, American lyric soprano
- Princess Ariane of the Netherlands (born 2007)
- Ariane Andrew (born 1987), American professional wrestler and manager
- Ariane Ascaride (born 1954), French actress and screenwriter
- Louise Bourgoin (born 1981), birth name Ariane Bourgoin, French actress
- Ariane Ehrat (born 1961), Swiss former alpine skier
- Ariane Friedrich (born 1984), German high jumper
- Ariane Hingst (born 1979), German retired football player
- Ariane Koizumi (born 1963), model and actress
- Ariane Labed (born 1984), French actress
- Ariane Mnouchkine (born 1939), French stage director
- Ariane Moffatt (born 1979), Québécois singer-songwriter
- Ariane Schluter (born 1966), Dutch actress
- Ariane Sherine (born 1980), British comedy writer and journalist
- Aryana Sayeed (born 1985), Afghan singer
- Ariana Dumbledore, fictional character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
- Arianna Hernandez, a character in the Days of our Lives television series
- Arianna Horton, a character named after Arianna Hernandez on Days of our Lives
- Arianna "Ari" Langley, the main protagonist of Mary Stanton's Unicorns of Balinor book series.
- Ariane, the lead female character in Ariane et Barbe-bleue, an opera by Paul Dukas
- Ariane, the lead female character in Love in the Afternoon (1957 film)
- Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Ariana". Behind the Name.
- "Dictionary of Greek and Roman geography". archive.org.
- The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2008
- "Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, A , Argynnus , Ărĭāna". tufts.edu.
- N.S. Gill. "Iran". About.com Education.
- Homer, Odyssey 11.320, Hesiod, Theogony 947, and later authors.
- 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.
- "Popular Baby Names". ssa.gov.
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