The meaning of the name Arya is Friend, Faithful. The origin of the name Arya is Persian. This is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language.
A common variation of the name Arya is Aria, which also has the Italian definition of solo melody. Common nicknames include Ary, R, and Ree. Although typically female in the U.S., its origin is a Persian male name--hence our unisex designation. There is a male actor named Arya who is featured in movies in Sri Lanka.
The name Arya is also connected with the place name Aryanah, a coastal city in northern Tunisia. Arya Samaj is a Hindu religious movement that espouses equality for all human beings.
The most well-known Arya from fiction is the character Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, likely a big contributor to its newfound popularity. In the U.K. the name is pronounced "Ah-ya."