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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
babyname2015  7/21/2015
My favourite character for three years was named Arya (from Christopher Paolini's Inhertiance Cycle), so I am completely biased towards its awesomeness. I prefer it over Aria (which is a completely different name, but whatever). Aria just seems sooo frilly and to me doesn't seem all that intelligent. I think of arias from operas, all overly dramatic and frilly. Arya to me seems a much, much, much stronger name (that impression is probably from Arya Svit-kona). I also think it has a more interesting and stronger meaning. As a boy's name, I can see it, but that boy would have to be very confident to pull it off.
pencils  8/3/2015
This name is also used in Turkey. It is unisex, but it is rarely used for boys.
iwakura  8/10/2015
In Iran we use this name only for boys it is never used for girls.
cutenose  11/19/2015
Arya (Persian: آریا‎‎ āryā, Sanskrit: आर्य ārya) is a Persian and Indian given name. In Iran it is a masculine given name, whereas in India it is used as both a masculine and a feminine name [citation needed]. The name is also beginning to appear in the western world after the character Arya Stark of the television series Game of Thrones.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2016
In Turkish, it means "A musical piece written typically for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment in an opera or cantata". In other words, it is the Turkish meaning/spelling for the English word "Aria".
MissShamu  10/14/2016
I like to pronounce this name a bit differently, like Ay-Ruh. I think it sounds unique and I enjoy that pronunciation.
DMGgirl  11/3/2016
Arya Aramnejad is an Iranian singer from Babol in the northern part of Iran. He became famous for his song "Ali Barkhiz" where he denounces the Islamic regime's crimes during the 2009 Ashura protests.
cutenose  3/11/2017
I don't like the Aryan thing... I prefer the name Aria.
XironDarkstar  12/3/2017
My name is Arya, from A Game of Thrones in 1996. My birth date is also 1996.
ammukutty  5/7/2018

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