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Etymology & Historical Origin - Aryana
Aryana is a modern Americanized respelling of Ariana (Arianna). Arianna is the Italian equivalent of the Greek Ariadne. In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of the mortal King Minos of Crete and the goddess Pasiphaë, herself the daughter of Helios the Sun god). According to Greek legend, King Minos attacked Athens and, in an ancient form of a “peace pact”, the Athenians were required to sacrifice seven young men and maidens to the hideous half-human/half-bull monster known as the Minotaur. A young Athenian man named Theseus was one of the victims sent into the Minotaur’s maze for sacrifice, but Ariadne saw him and fell instantly in love. On the precondition that Theseus marry her, Ariadne gave him a magical sword to kill the Minotaur and a red ball of wool to guide him out of the labyrinth. Afterwards, the two lovers fled by sea and took refuge on the island of Naxos. There Theseus abandoned Ariadne while she slept. Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, took pity on the girl and married her himself. The name Ariadne has been popular since medieval times around the eastern Mediterranean region, but it was actually Saint Ariadne who propelled the popularity of the name rather than the mythological damsel in distress. St. Ariadne was a 2nd century slave in a Phrygian royal household (modern day Turkey). She ran away after refusing to take part in pagan rites and found herself on a hillside. The hillside miraculously opened up, presenting Ariadne with her tomb. Her cult and legend grew in the Middle Ages when naming children after saints was a common practice. Etymologists believe that Ariadne comes from an ancient Cretan dialect from the elements “ari” (which is an intensive prefix) coupled with “adnos” meaning “holy” giving the name’s full meaning: “very holy”. Not just a little holy, but VERY holy. The Romans got the name Ariadne from the Greeks and Latinized it to Arianna. Aryana is a “yooneeklee” modern spelling of this classical name found mainly in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Aryana
Aryana and Aryanna are examples of typical American spelling mutations. Both are new to the 21st century but neither do as well as Ariana or Arianna and it’s pretty clear why. The Aryan(n)a spellings, while cutesy-creative, are slightly awkward. These spellings create some pronunciation confusion. Is it “ar-ee-AN-ə” or “AR-yan-ah”? It’s trying too hard to make an already fancy name fancier.
Popularity of the Girl Name Aryana
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Famous People Named Aryana
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Personality of the Girl Name Aryana
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
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