Aria is a name with Italian origins. The original meaning of the name Aria comes from the musical term meaning solo melody, specifically one that is sung, as in an opera.
Aria is also considered a diminutive form of the Greek name Ariana/Arianna, which has the meaning very holy. A common variation of the name is Arya. Common nicknames include Ari, R, and Ree. Famous Arias include opera singer Tesolin and Aria Kurzawa, a child star on the internet. Although typically female, there is a male actor named Arya who is featured in movies in Sri Lanka.
Aria in Greek mythology is the name of a nymph. It is also an Eastern province of the ancient Persian empire. The most well-known Arya from fiction is the character Arya Stark from George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Firenovels which were made into the TV series Game of Thrones. This was likely a big contributor to the name's newfound popularity.
Another popular fictional character bearing the name is Aria Montgomery from the books and TV series Pretty Little Liars.
Aria is also the brand name of a casino/resort in Las Vegas, U.S.
Variations include: Ariah, Ariyah
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