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Gender: M Meaning of Ari: "lion of God" Origin of Ari: Diminutive of Ariel, Hebrew "lion of God" Ari's Popularity in 2016: #419

This 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 prominent 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.

Famous People Named Ari

Ari Millen, actor in sci-fi thriller "Orphan Black"
Ari Shapiro, radio journalist on NPR
Ari Folman, Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer

Pop Culture References for the name Ari

Ari Gold, character on Entourage
Ari Haswari, rogue Mossad agent on NCIS
Ari Batchelder, Eraser in the Maximum Ride series
Ari from Maria V Snyders Poison Study series
Ari from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Ari Tenenbaum, son 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"

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