I'll like to hear thoughts / feedback on the name Arya. Specifically concerning pronunciation. (Yes, we are Game of Thrones fans). My husband is pretty set on it but I think I'm pronoucing it wrong. I always thought they were saying it like the spelling Aria (which I like) and the more I look into it, it seems that is not actually how it should be pronounced. Is it acceptable to spell it with a y and pronounce it like the Italian word Aria (AHR-ee-ə) anyway?

Are there other spellings I should consider that will result in this pronunciation? 

Ps…My husband is set on the name and does not care how it is pronounced, this seems to only be a problem for me when I discovered I had heard it wrong all along on the show! I might be able to convince him to spell it Aria if I can convince him it is important enough to me.





June 22, 2014 3:03 PM

I like the name but would spell it Aria to ensure that no one assumed I was a fan of the Aryan Nation or other white supremecist groups. I know that's how Arya Stark's name is spelled, but all I see is Aryan.

June 22, 2014 7:33 PM

Thank you for your response. I have to admit this connection never occurred to me.

June 22, 2014 4:32 PM

I know next to nothing about Game of Thrones. Without the context of GoT, Arya did make me think of the word Aryan.  In fact, wikipedia states that the word Aryan comes from Arya, which is Sanskrit for noble.  If this is true, I believe it would eliminate that spelling for me.  Maybe the character is truly more noble, but the connection to white supremecist groups and Nazi ideology would be a major turn-off for me.

I also wasn't sure how to say Arya.  At first, I thought it was a creative re-spelling of Aria.  I also wondered about ar-ie-yah or ar-yah.  Unless someone is familiar with Game of Thrones (and not everyone is) I think the pronunciation issues would be a problem.

If you like Aria & your husband agrees, I think it makes a lovely name and would be a nice compromise.  However, if your husband is 100% sold on only Arya and you are not, well, then it needs to be taken off the table.  I'll admit it does seem odd to me that your husband wants the name, but does not care how it is pronounced.  Perhaps what the character represents is more important to him than the actual name.  In that case, I might try to find other names (particularly word or virtue names) that convey a similar message.

June 22, 2014 7:41 PM

Thank you for your response. I should claify that my husband doesn't really hear any real difference in the two pronuncations, thus he doesn't mind if certian "accents" are differnt from person to person. He feels either way is pretty much the same thing, however I'm worried it's us specifically that are making both sound similar. He feels he is pronouncing it Ar-yah but it still really sounds a lot like Ar-ie-yah which is what I have liked all along.

As a side note, I've just found talk of a St. Aria in Italy that is celebrated on Aug. 21st. Being Catholic and due Aug. 27th, I'm very interesting in using the Aria spelling if she would happen to be born on Aug. 21st. I think that would seal the deal for me! However, it seems this is not a much noted saint and may not even have any historical background as I can not find much information on her at all.

June 23, 2014 10:50 AM

We are huge GoT fans over here! I actually asked DH the other day if we had to name our baby something from GoT what would he choose. He chose Theon or Sansa. I chose Brandon or Sansa. I also like Arya, but think Sansa is just so pretty!

For Arya, I would prefer to spell it Aria. This is for two reasons. The first being the "Aryan Nation" connection which is extremely negative. The second being that currently Y is a super trendy letter an it makes the name look more made up. Aria looks more clean to me. The Aria spelling would lend itself to the pronounciation of AR-EE-UH and AR-Yuh equally because colloquially we usually shorten or soften sounds in names... for example, most Olivia's are really called "ah-livia".

June 24, 2014 12:35 PM

We're also big GoT fans, and I love the name Aria. If you're going for the are-ee-ya pronunciation, I'd just stick with the Aria spelling. Arya is fine, and a more accurate nod to the GoT character, but I could see the pronunciation being a little more confusing for some, and then there's the whole Aryan Nation thing PPs brought up (which I never would've thought of, but now can't un-think of). 

June 24, 2014 5:50 PM

Thanks everyone! Good things to consider here!