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Gender: F Pronunciation: air-ee-AHD-nee Meaning of Ariadne: "most holy" Origin of Ariadne: Greek Ariadne's Popularity in 2016: #730

This name of the Cretan goddess of fertility is most popular now as the more melodic Ariana, but Ariadne has possibilities of its own. It first entered the US Top 1000 in 2014, and it currently ranks Number 730. The renewed interest in the name falls in line with the revival of other mythological names like Apollo and Athena. The trendy nickname Ari doesn't hurt either.

In Greek mythology, she was the daughter of Minus who gave Theseus the thread by which he escaped from the labyrinth. After being deserted by him, she married Dionysus, the god of fertility, wine and drama

Famous People Named Ariadne

(Aelia) Ariadne, Empress consort of Zeno and Anastasius I of the Byzantine Empire
Saint Ariadne of Phrygia, 2nd century martyr
Ariadne Rosales Diaz, Mexican actress and model
Ariadne "Ari" Meyers, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Ariadne

Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete who helped Theseus escape the Minotaur; wife of Dionysus in Greek mythology
Ariadne, character in 2010 film 'Inception'
Ariadne Oliver, character in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series
Lady Ariadne Utterword, character in G. Bernard Shaw's play 'Heartbreak House' (1916)
Ariadne, spider in the British animated TV series 'Creepy Crawlies'
Ariadne, giant tarantula in the British children's TV game show 'Knightmare'
Ariadne's Crown, constellation
Ariadne, Princess and then Queen of Atlantis, as well as Jason's lover in the BBC show "Atlantis"

Ariana, Arene, Aryanna, Aryanie, Aryane, Arianie, Aryana, Ariadna, Aryanne, Ariagna

Ariadne's International Variations

Ariane, Arianne (French) Arianna (Italian)