Diminutive of Ariel, Hebrew
"lion of God"

Ari Origin and Meaning

The name Ari is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lion of God".

Ari, the short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also short for Aristotle, as in Onassis, and is a prominent character on TV's Entourage -- the uberagent Ari Gold.

Among other notable bearers have been Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary for President George W. Bush and Ari Emanuel, powerful talent agent and possible inspiration for Ari Gold.

Ari Ben Canaan is the main character in the Leon Uris novel Exodus, played by Paul Newman on screen, and Ari is the name of one of the Tenenbaum sons in The Royal Tenenbaums.

# 344 in the US

Ari Rank in US Top 1000

# 152 on Nameberry

Ari Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ari Popularity

Famous People Named Ari

  • Ari Millenactor in sci,fi thriller "Orphan Black"
  • Ari Shapiroradio journalist on NPR
  • Ari FolmanIsraeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer
  • Ari Staprans Leffknown by his stage name Lauv, American singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Ari "Y2K" Staracerecord producer

Ari in Pop Culture

  • Ari Goldcharacter on Entourage
  • Ari Haswarirogue Mossad agent on NCIS
  • Ari BatchelderEraser in the Maximum Ride series
  • Ari from Maria V Snyders Poison Study series
  • Ari from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
  • Ari Tenenbaumson of Chas Tenenbaum in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
  • Aristotle "Ari" Mendoza from Benjamin Saenz's novel "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
  • Aricharacter in Haley Newsome's webcomic "Unfamiliar"