Ara is one of the most melodious in the Armenian name pool, familiarized by Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian. This multi-origined name has new possibilities thanks to such high-profile personalities with similar feeling names as young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo and character Ari Gold on Entourage.
Simple and yet distinctive, Ara is also used for boys in the Armenian culture.
Ara was one of the many vowel-heavy three-syllable names popular at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth--it went as high as Number 481 in 1884.
It's also used as a nickname for Arabella.