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Quick Facts on Ari

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 419
Simple meaning:
Lion; Eagle, Brave

Characteristics of Ari

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ari

Ari is a masculine given name with a few possible etymologies. Most commonly the name is derived from the Hebrew אֲרִי meaning “lion” but it is also an Old Norse nickname meaning “eagle”. The word “ari” also translates to “brave” in the Armenian language and “dry” in Latin. It means “sun-like” in languages indigenous to southern India and “one without sin; one on the right path” in Hindi. It is often used as the shortened form of Aristotle among the Greeks. This simple three letter name has many different meanings among various cultures and languages, but it is most commonly used among Jews within English speaking nations. Just as Ariel means “lion of God” in Hebrew, “Ari” as an independently given name means just “lion”. Ari is occasionally used as a pet form for Ariel and Arielle (for girls). Despite its many potential etymologies, Ari is not a significantly popular name among English-speaking countries.

Popularity of the Name Ari

The masculine name Ari first made an appearance on the U.S. popularity charts in 1969. The name has mainly languished down at lower levels of usage for the remainder of the 20th century. However, this century, Ari has fared a bit better. Likely, the name got a little boost up the charts in the mid-2000s thanks to the popular HBO series “Entourage” (2004-2011) which features a central character named Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). Apparently, Ari Gold’s character was modeled off a real-life talent agent and co-CEO of the William-Morris Agency Ari Emanuel (who happens to be Entourage’s producer Mark Wahlberg’s real-life agent). The name Ari saw an improvement of over 200 positions on the charts during the show’s run. A renewed interest in this name, however, may be short lived because last year, Ari was back on the decline. Still, Ari is a simple, handsome and confident name in its simplicity. It definitely has a Jewish sensibility and a sweet “old man” quality (like Saul). Outside of the Hebrew language, Ari has many other meanings providing the name a lot of multi-cultural flexibility and interest. Not to mention that all of those etymologies are positive and strong. It seems you just can’t go wrong with a name like Ari. This is a “one” personality in numerology which is all about ambition and success.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ari
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ari

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ari

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ari

    Ari Ben Canaan (Exodus) Ari Ben Canaan is the Zionist hero of Leon Uris’ 1958 novel, Exodus, which was made into an award-winning 1960 film of the same name, starring Paul Newman. Ari is dedicated to the cause of a homeland for the Jews, the establishment of the State of Israel, and he commandeers a ship to take more than 600 Jewish Holocaust survivors from refugee camps in Cyprus to Palestine. The character of Ari is said to be based on the true-life story of Yossi Harel, who was responsible for the immigration of thousands of Jews. Ari is described as a handsome and courageous young man who is absolutely devoted to the Jewish freedom movement, having already lost many family and loved ones to the ravages of war. He uses intelligence and cunning in his clandestine dealings - the story of Jewish liberation, however rocky, is due in large part to his courage. He also gets the girl, but then again, he’s Paul Newman, after all.

  • Popular Songs on Ari

    Popular Songs on Ari

    Ari - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Ari.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ari

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ari

    Ari the Punk Rock Girl: "Be Nice" (Brenda Walls) - Ari the Punk Rock Girl is about a young girl whose best friend is a Pit Bull named Sammy. Together they try to make the world a better place for everyone. In the first book of this series, Ari and Sammy find a group of girls who are just not being very nice to others. So Ari, Sammy and her special cloud TV show these girls just what it feels like to be picked on. For being so little, Ari shows these girls that to "Be Nice" you need to think about how your actions will affect others. This is a sweet tale combined with an excellent lesson about being kind to others. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Arrogant Ari Learns a Lesson (Goldie Golding) - Ari was arrogant. So arrogant that nobody liked him. But then something happened and Ari learned a lesson. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap (Deborah Bodin Cohen) - Ari the Israeli train engineer returns and this time he must deal with a camel on the track as he's driving back in time to light his menorah. Fun for kids who love trains and a great way to learn the Hanukkah story along the way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride (Deborah Bodin Cohen) - A sweet and creative Rosh Hashanah story based on the first historic train ride from Jaffa to Jerusalem in 1892, shortening the journey between the two cities from 3 days to 3 hours. Engineer Ari's train is coming to Jerusalem collecting goodies along the way to celebrate the Jewish New Year, and he learns an important lesson along the way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express (Deborah Bodin Cohen) - The sequel to Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride, the Sukkah Express is another delightful tale of how Engineer Ari and his friends build a sukkah in preparation for a very joyous holiday! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ari

    Famous People Named Ari

    Famous People Named Ari - Ari Emanuel (Hollywood talent agent); Ari Fleischer (former White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush); Ari Folman (Israeli film director); Ariel "Ari" Graynor (actress); Ari Meyers (actress); Aristotle "Ari" Onassis (Greek billionaire and former husband of Jackie Kennedy Onassis); Ari (Jewish mystic, father of contemporary Kabbalah)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ari

    Children of Famous People Named Ari

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ari - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ari.

  • Historic Figures

    Ari - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ari - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ari.

Personality of the Boy Name Ari

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ari

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