Arya (name)

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Arya (आर्य/आर्या, آریا)
Word/nameSanskrit, Old Iranian
Meaning"noble one's"[1][2]
Other names
See alsoAryan, Aryanna

Arya also spelled Aarya, Ariya or Aryan (Sanskrit: आर्य/आर्या ārya/āryā; Persian: آریاāryā) also known as Aryo or Ario is an Indo-Iranian given name of Sanskrit and Persian origins. The Sanskrit word Arya is a surname and a masculine (आर्य ārya) and feminine (आर्या āryā) Hindu given name, signifying 'honorable'.[3][4][5] In Iran it is a popular masculine given name and a popular surname. In Indonesia, Arya is also commonly used as a masculine given name, usually in Java, Bali, and other places. In Javanese it becomes "Aryo", "Ario", or "Aryono". The name is also beginning to appear in the western world after the character Arya Stark of the television series Game of Thrones.[6][7]

For the meaning and history of the Persian and Sanskrit word, see the article Aryan.

21st century popularity surge[edit]

The 2011 television series Game of Thrones features a character named Arya Stark, increasing the name's popularity among Western audiences. In 2013, BBC News wrote that "the passion and the extreme devotion of fans" had brought about a phenomenon unlike anything related to other popular TV series, manifesting itself in a very broad range of fan labor, such as fan fiction,[8] Game of Thrones-themed burlesque routines, or people naming their children after characters from the series.[9] In 2012, "Arya" was the fastest-rising girl's name in popularity in the U.S., jumping from 711th to 413th position.[10] The name entered the top 200 most commonly used names for baby girls born in England and Wales in 2017.[7]

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  3. ^ Gandhi, Maneka (2004). The Penguin Book of Hindu Names for Girls. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-14-303169-7. OCLC 60454994. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  4. ^ Gandhi, Maneka (2004). The Penguin Book of Hindu Names for Boys. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-14-303168-0. OCLC 60391724. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  5. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2013.
  6. ^ "Arya after Arya Stark of Game of Thrones". Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Mzimba, Lizo (2017-09-20). "Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  8. ^ Templeton, Molly (June 16, 2013). "The best (and the weirdest) of "Game of Thrones" fanfiction". Salon. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  9. ^ de Castella, Tom (March 22, 2013). "Game of Thrones: Why does it inspire such devotion among fans?". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Carlson, Adam (May 10, 2013). "'Game of Thrones' domination is nearly complete: 'Arya' is the fastest-rising name for baby girls". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2013.