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Quick Facts on Aryanna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 537
Simple meaning:
VERY holy

Characteristics of Aryanna

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Aryanna

Aryanna is an Americanized respelling of Arianna which itself is an Italian form of the Greek Ariadne (the mythological daughter of the mortal King Minos of Crete and the goddess Pasiphaë, herself the daughter of Helios the Sun god). According to mythological 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 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, but as they took refuge on the island of Naxos, 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 in the eastern Mediterranean region, but it was actually the legend of St. Ariadne who helped propel 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 feast day is September 17. 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. Aryanna is a modern American spelling of this classical name.

Popularity of the Name Aryanna

The Americanized spelling of Aryanna has only been around starting this century in the year 2000. The name emerged as an altered spelling of the ever-popular Arianna. Most likely, American parents are trying to differentiate their daughters from the scores of other Arianna/Ariana’s out there. Although we have to say it serves little purposes since the names are all essentially pronounced exactly the same. Some people find these sorts of cutesy respellings annoying, but it all comes down to the preference of the parents. At the end of the day, it’s their choice. Aryanna is not likely to ever surpass Arianna in popularity, but if you’re a non-traditionalist parent, then you may find Aryanna a prettier spelling. However, we can't help but to see the word “Aryan” in Aryanna. Aryan is the word the Nazi Party embraced as the name for their “master race” so the connotations there can make this spelling a little off-putting (although Aryan is a common term for Indo-European people in general).
Popularity of the Girl Name Aryanna
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Personality of the Girl Name Aryanna

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

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