Ariah Name Meaning

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What Does Ariah Mean? 


Ariah is a unique name that has different origins and meanings. In Hebrew, Ariah means “lion of God.” This interpretation was what drew actress Tamera Mowry to the name. In 2015, she named her baby girl Ariah and dedicated a blog post on her website to explain why she and her husband chose the name, and it makes for a fantastic read. Ariah is also thought to originate from the Italian word "aria," which means “air,” “melody,” or “song.” An aria is a type of vocal solo performed in operas.

The name can be spelled either with the “h” at the end or without. In recent times, more people are opting to drop the “h” at the end of the name and simply use Aria. Ariah without the “h” at the end is a common Persian and Albanian name. In Persian, it means “noble”, and in Albanian, it means "gold" or “treasure”.

  • Origin: The name Ariah can most commonly be traced to either Italian or Hebrew origin.  
  • Gender: Ariah is typically given to girls, but it can be given to a baby of any gender.
  • Pronunciation: Ariah can be pronounced in two different ways, either as a-ree-ah or a-rye-ah.

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Ariah? 

Ariah isn’t a very popular name in the United States. According to 2020 data from the Social Security Administration, Ariah is the 401st most popular name for girls. In 2016, there was a sharp spike in its popularity with 1,046 babies being named Ariah that year.

Name Variations 

Other spelling variations for the name Ariah include: 

  • Aria
  • Ariya
  • Ariyah

Similar Names

If you’ve fallen in love with the name Ariah, you might also like other whimsical-sounding names such as: 

  • Arabella 
  • Ariel 
  • Aurora 
  • Briella 
  • Calla
  • Delia
  • Elodie
  • Freya 
  • Finola 
  • Georgia 
  • Harper 
  • Indigo 
  • Luna 
  • Mariah
  • Miranda
  • Nora 
  • Ophelia 

Common Nicknames

Ari, Ria, Riri, and Rye are fantastic nicknames for a baby named Ariah. However, the melodic name is short and sweet enough for you not to need a nickname for it.  

Suggested Sibling Names 

Many parents like to give their kids names that flow together. If you're thinking of naming your child Ariah, here’s a list of names that would be perfect for your baby's siblings: 

  • Adeline 
  • Aurelian 
  • Bianca
  • Briar 
  • Cleo 
  • Cyrus
  • Fabian
  • Flynn
  • Hugo
  • Matilda 
  • Michah
  • Nixie 
  • Tuliana 
  • Willow 
  • Zephyr 

Famous People Named Ariah    

Aria is a more common variant of the name Ariah. As a result, there are more famous people using the Aria variant. Some of them are:

  • Aria Aber, American poet and writer 
  • Aria Curzon, American actress
  • Aria Fischer, American water polo player 
  • Aria Johnson, American singer and actress 
  • Aria Sa'id, American transgender advocate and political strategist 
  • Aria Tesolin, Canadian singer 
  • Aria Wallace, American actress 
  • Aria Wiraraja, warrior and governor of part of Madura Island (Indonesia)

Ariah, or its variant Aria, is also a common option for fictional characters in books, movies, and television shows. Some of the most popular include: 

  • Aria Benett, a character in the video game "Final Fantasy III"
  • Aria Blaze, a character in the "My Little Ponies" franchise 
  • Aria Kanzaki, a main character in the book series "Aria the Scarlet Ammo"
  • Aria Montgomery, the main character in the television show "Pretty Little Liars" 
  • Aria Wallenstein, a character in the book series "Sword Oratoria" 

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popular baby names. Updated 2021.