The name Arya is primarily a gender-neutral name of Persian origin that means Friend, Faithful.In India, Arya is a gender neutral name meaning noble. 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. In the U.K. the name is pronounced "Ah-ya." A common variation of the name Arya is Aria, which also has the Italian definition of solo melody. Common nicknames include Ary, R, and Ree. Although typically female in the U.S., its Persian origin is a male name--hence our unisex designation. There is a male actor named Arya who is featured in movies in Sri Lanka.