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This is the name of one of the main characters in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, and I know of at least two girls who have been named after the character in the novel. I do not know if Mr. Martin took the character's name from the Sanskrit one or if he independently invented it, but he does pronounce his character's name as "AR-yuh".
-- clevelandkentevans  6/23/2007
Arya is the name of the Elven princess in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy (Eragon).
-- quigonjecca  6/25/2007
This is a very nice nice. Exotic, in my opinion.
-- Carriebear_Nocare  1/21/2008
She is my favorite character and her name is beautiful, I intend to name my daughter Arya.
-- AryaForce  11/1/2008
I love this but prefer it spelt Aria.
-- Anonymous User  11/24/2009
It is pronounced with a long A, Ārya, as in Air-e-yah.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2009
I love this name! It is so pretty and unique! I'm only 13, but I still like to think of names for when I am older and married. This is my number 1 favorite name! I would recommend this name to anybody.
-- Anonymous User  10/14/2010
For a boy it's pronounced AHR-yuh
For a girl it's pronounced ARH-yah
The difference between the feminine and masculine is the slight difference in sound at the end.
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2012
I have a feeling that many of the parents who use this have no idea that its an Indian name, but rather use it as a 'unique' and 'creative' spelling of the über trendy name aria. Quite sad, how narrow minded some people can be.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2013
In GRR Martin's "Song of ice and fire", Arya is the name of the second daughter of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully.
-- anaphore  2/11/2014
Reminds me of the "Aryans".
-- Anonymous User  5/13/2014
The stepsister of my stepsister (wow, that's confusing!) had a baby girl recently and named her Arya - not as a "kre8yve" spelling of Aria, but after the character in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and, consequently, the Game of Thrones TV show. The character Arya Stark is really awesome, and a good namesake.

As for the name itself, I think both Aria and Arya are quite pretty. They're elegant without being frilly, and still substantial. However, Arya is listed on here as a unisex name in Indian culture, and I just can't imagine a man named Arya!
-- erb816  5/14/2015
This is also a nickname for the (female) Russian name Arkadiya. [noted -ed]
-- Anyechka  6/2/2015
Arya is a very old Persian name (not Indian). It goes back as far as the 5th and 6th Century. You can find proper history of the word and people here http://www.iranchamber.com/people/articles/aryan_people_origins.php.
-- babyname2015  7/21/2015

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