|Word/name||Sanskrit, Old Iranian|
|See also||Aryan, Aryanna|
Arya also spelled Aarya, Ariya or Aryan (Sanskrit: आर्य/आर्या ārya/āryā; Persian: آریا āryā) 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'. 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.
For the meaning and history of the Persian and Sanskrit word,.
21st century popularity surge
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, Game of Thrones-themed burlesque routines, or people naming their children after characters from the series. In 2012, "Arya" was the fastest-rising girl's name in popularity in the U.S., jumping from 711th to 413th position. The name entered the top 200 most commonly used names for baby girls born in England and Wales in 2017.
- Aditi Arya (born 1993), Indian model
- Aditya Arya, Indian photographer
- Arya (actor) (born 1980), south Indian actor
- Aarya Ambekar (born 1994), Marathi playback singer
- Arya Bhatta (476–550), Indian mathematician
- Aarya Babbar (born 1981), Indian actor
- Arya Gopi, Indian Malayalam-language poet
- Arya Rohit, Indian actress
- A. S. Arya, Indian structural engineer
- Anita Arya, Indian politician from the BJP
- Chaudhari Kumbharam Arya (1914–1995) Indian freedom fighter and popular leader
- Ishan Arya, Indian cinematographer and producer
- Mangilal Arya (1918–1992), Indian freedom fighter and social reformer
- Nikhil Arya, Indian TV actor
- Ram Narain Arya (1936–2010), Indian rainmaker
- Satyadeo Narain Arya, Indian politician from Bihar
- Shraddha Arya, Indian actress from the Telugu film industry
- Shubhavi Arya (born 1998), Indian animator
- S. N. Arya, Indian physician and writer
- S. P. Y. Surendranath Arya, Indian independence activist
- Yashpal Arya, Indian politician from the National Congress
- Aryo Barzan, an Achaemenid prince who was born in 368 BC and died in 330 BC
- Aryandes, satrap of Persian Egypt
- Ariamnes satrap of Cappadocia
- Ariyāramna, a minor king in pre-imperial Persia (Pars region) and great-grandfather of Darius I
- Ariobarzanes I of Media Atropatene, ruled from 65 BC to 56 BC
- Ariobarzanes II of Atropatene, grandson of Ariobarzanes I, king of Media Atropatene from 20 BC to 8 BC
- Ariobarzanes I of Cappadocia, king of Cappadocia from 93 BC to ca. 63 or 62 BC
- Akram Monfared Arya, first Iranian female pilot
- Arya Aramnejad (born 1983), Iranian singer
- Arya Aziminejad (born 1973), Iranian composer
- Aria Nasimi Shad, Iranian Swimmer.
- Ariya Daivari, Iranian-American professional wrestler
- Fatemeh Motamed-Arya (born 1961), Iranian actress
- Arya Penangsang, Sultan of Demak (1549–1554)
- Arya Maulana Aldiartama (born 1995), Indonesian badminton player
- I Ngurah Komang Arya (born 1985), Indonesian footballer
- Aryo Danusiri, an Indonesian film director
- Aryo Djojohadikusumo, an Indonesian politician
From other origins
- Amit Arya, Canadian Hindustani classical music vocalist
- Arya Mitra Sharma (born 1959), German doctor
- Chandra Arya, Canadian politician
- Kamlesh Arya, Fijian politician
- Arya Dröttningu (also Arya Dröttning later), a character from the Inheritance Cycle book series by Christopher Paolini
- Arya Stark, a character from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series
- Aria Montgomery, a character from ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, based on the series of books by Sara Shepard
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