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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 7/22/2010
Possibly a combination of Italian aria meaning "air, melody, tune" (which ultimately comes from Latin aer "air") with the name Dante. This is the name of the main character in George Frideric Handel's opera seria Ariodante (1735), which was based on the epic poem Orlando furioso (1516) written by Ludovico Ariosto.Known real-life bearers of this name include the Italian singer Ariodante Dalla (1919-1966) and the Italian historian and politician Ariodante Fabretti (1816-1894).