In an opera, an aria is a vocal solo that's intentionally complicated, so it can highlight a singer's skill. It's been used as a name in English since the early 20th century. In European languages it may have been used earlier as a pet form of Arianna. Though it is not necessarily connected to the Hebrew name Arieh meaning "lion" or the Sanskrit Arya meaning "honorable," it is sometimes listed in baby name books as such. In the 2000s, the name got a boost from the character of Arya in the Game of Thrones books by George R.R. Martin and the television series based on the books.
See Also: Ariah

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