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Aria is a name with Persian origins. The meaning of the name Arya is faithful friend. A common variation of the name is Aria, which also has the Italian definition of solo melody. Common nicknames include Ary, R, and Ree. Although typically female, there is a male actor named Arya who is featured in movies in Sri Lanka.
The name Arya is also connected with the place name Aryanah, a coastal city in northern Tunisia. Arya Samaj is a Hindu religious movement that espouses equality for all human beings.
The most well-known Arya from fiction is the character Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, likely a big contributor to its newfound popularity.
Arya is an extremely popular name on the user lists of BabyNames.com. When combined with its alternate spelling Aria, it is #3 on BabyNames.com?s most popular names of 2014. However, on its own, it is #277 in the most popular names in the United States per the Social Security Administration in 2013.