sábado, 17 de março de 2012

Name In Trend: Aria

 The name Aria as a girl name is of hebrew origin and means "lioness". It can actually be a boy's name too and I have seen male Aria's around usually of middle eastern background, but in the US it has been used almost exclusively on girls. This name also contains a musical association: we call an "aria" to a solo performance by the leading character in an opera. Interesting, right?

Aria is a pretty recent name to the girl's popularity chart, having debuted in 2000. However, a name isn't "new" just because it's only been recently popular, unless it's a nouveau invention. The name has been recently adopted for a TV character in the show Pretty Little Liars, which may be why it has been zooming up the chart the past couple of years.

Let's take a look at the graph with Aria's evolution:

Since it's debut in 2000, Aria's performance in the popularity chart has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, either going up or down. However since 2008, when it was at #570, the name has been on a steady rise, and is currently sitting at #356. With the name gaining momentum, and exposure getting bigger thanks to the TV show, I see a steep rise for this name in May when the new ranking for 2011 is released. I swear I see this name being mentioned everywhere in the baby name blogosphere. The future can only be bright for Aria.

Alternative spellings are Arria and Arya.

Similar names include: Ara, Ariana, Adriana, Amira, Ariadne, Aurea, Arina, Azia, Ariah.

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