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Gender: F Meaning of Arya: "noble" Origin of Arya: Sanskrit Arya's Popularity in 2016: #169

Arya is an unusual and exotic name on the rise thanks to a popular book and television series. Arya entered the popularity charts in 2010, it's one of the fastest-rising names of recent years.

The prime impetus is the fiercely independent young character Arya Stark in the TV series Game of Thrones, based on the George R. R. Martin books A Song of Fire and Ice. Another influence is the Elven princess in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle trilogy, basis of the movie Eragon.

The name resembles the musical Aria and the male Aryan, both also growing in popularity in the US.

Famous People Named Arya

Arya Jones (b. 2013), daughter of American-New Zealand basketballer Marcel Jones

Pop Culture References for the name Arya

Arya Stark, character in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "Game of Thrones" series
Arya Drottningu, Elven princess in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle

Game of Thrones pronunciation: "ARE - yuh". Author George R.R. Martin himself has pointed out that a surprisingly large number of people pronounce it incorrectly: it consists of two syllables, not three. Martin explained: "I say it 'Are-ya', two syllables not three. Not 'are-ee-uh', not like an operatic thing [aria], but 'Are-ya', very sharp. I wanted something that was like a knife, that was a sharp and hard sound, to be a contrast to the flowery 'Sansa'."