The name Ariana is of Italian origin and means "Very Holy." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
A common variation of the name is Arianna with two Ns. Ariana is derived from the name Ariadne. Common nicknames include Ari, Anna, Na Na, R, and Ree. The name Ariana is also connected to a region of eastern countries of the Persian empire. An alternate spelling, Aryana, is the name of a coastal city in northern Tunisia. There are several operas with the word Arianna in them, including those by Handel, Goehr, and Marcello. The most famous famous Ariana is singer/pop star Ariana Grande. An important publisher, Arianna Huffington, is co-founder of the Huffington Post. Fictional Arianas include Ariana Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling . There are also two Ariannas on the soap opera Days of Our Lives: Arianna Horton and Arianna Hernandez.