What do the parents of Arya do?

(90 Posts)
ireallyshouldbeworking Fri 23-Nov-12 15:08:24

Pronounced Arr-yah. If you heard of someone calling their child this name, would you make any assumptions about what her parents were like/ what job they did?

SecretNutellaFix Fri 23-Nov-12 15:09:20

I would think they were Game of Thrones fans.

YDdraigGoch Fri 23-Nov-12 15:09:37

Opera singer?

D0oinMeCleanin Fri 23-Nov-12 15:10:12

Her father would be the hand of the king and her mother would be a SAHM and her sister would be a spoilt wuss grin

Sorry but Game of Thrones is all I think when I hear that name.

Father is Warden of the North and Lord of Winterfell.

Mother is SAHM.

StellaNova Fri 23-Nov-12 15:11:40

Owned a shop selling crystals and pot pourri

Puffykins Fri 23-Nov-12 15:13:39

I had a friend called Arya. His father was a professional insurance fraudster. We're no longer in touch.

BOFingSanta Fri 23-Nov-12 15:16:08

Invade Poland?

ImpYCelyn Fri 23-Nov-12 15:26:58

Her mother is the reclusive queen of the elves, and her father was slain by the Forsworn... But she rides a dragon, so it's all ok.

Actually I quite like Evander hmm

Frontpaw Fri 23-Nov-12 15:30:49

Proctologist and a ENT speciaist.

SmallKindnesses Fri 23-Nov-12 15:30:52

I know someone - an Austrian - whose 1yo is called Arian.

Handsfulloffun Fri 23-Nov-12 15:36:41

Yes I would think got fans. Lovely name btw

ConfusedandBemused Fri 23-Nov-12 15:39:09


StrawWars Fri 23-Nov-12 15:41:12

Arr-yah thinking of calling her that? Arr-yah sure you've thought this through?

KinkyDorito Fri 23-Nov-12 15:41:21

It is a lovely name.

CaptainBarnaclesDaddyman Fri 23-Nov-12 15:42:58

Pirates. Arr and yah are two very piratey noises.

StrawWars Fri 23-Nov-12 15:45:55

They could be porn-stars. Arr-yah does sound a bit like a sex-noise.

the ones I know are teachers. hth

almapudden Fri 23-Nov-12 15:48:39

Weave lentils and bake placenta cupcakes.

AlphaBeta82 Fri 23-Nov-12 15:49:50

There is a version of the name Ayra pronounced I-ra - I think both versions are a lovely name!

ChocolateCoins Fri 23-Nov-12 16:08:56

I thought it was pronounced ar-re-a? blush this is what I'm planning on calling dc2 if it's a girl.

D0oinMeCleanin Fri 23-Nov-12 16:18:07

ar-re-a would be Aria. Arya is as the OP says it.

MikeLitoris Fri 23-Nov-12 16:21:57

I have never made a sex noise that sounds like Arya, I hope not anyway

The arya I know is the daughter of a nurse and an IT person (<--technical name)

Honestly? I would think they had white supremacist tendencies. I've said this before on another thread about this name. Lots of people don't know it's from Game of Thrones and those 'Aryan' connotations would make me very uncomfortable tbh.

Shame, because in itself it is a pretty name!

HarlettOScara Fri 23-Nov-12 16:33:06

I know a baby Arya. Mother is SAHM, father is hand of the king in IT. Both are huge Game of Thrones fans.

helenovhull Fri 23-Nov-12 16:39:46

Like Hitler and go on EDL marches would be my best guess. I don't think it's very pretty either, what about Aria or Anya instead?

givemeaclue Fri 23-Nov-12 16:44:59

Fantasy role players

givemeaclue Fri 23-Nov-12 16:46:05

Are ya?
Are ya having tea
Are ya coming out

SpringHeeledJack Fri 23-Nov-12 16:49:32

they live up a mountain somewhere in the States with a gun cache under the bed

mercibucket Fri 23-Nov-12 16:53:21

Not sure what their jobs are but it involves crystals, homeopathy, energy fields and tinkling bells

mercibucket Fri 23-Nov-12 16:53:21

Not sure what their jobs are but it involves crystals, homeopathy, energy fields and tinkling bells

Hassled Fri 23-Nov-12 16:55:09

Potters. I think they'd make pots. Ugly cups etc.

Bumpsadaisie Fri 23-Nov-12 17:18:27

I'll give you my honest answer - my first thought would be that they were fascist white supremacists (Aryan). Sorry!

BarbecuedBillygoats Fri 23-Nov-12 17:23:13

How mn
A thread that becomes about pirate sex

Not having seen GOT I still don't think it has good connotations

RillaBlythe Fri 23-Nov-12 17:46:06

Make swastikas.

EmpressOfTheMadBoxOfFrogs Fri 23-Nov-12 17:48:29

Not having seen Game of Thrones I'd think Third Reich too, sorry.

DilysPrice Fri 23-Nov-12 17:50:19

IT, both of them.

hatebeak Fri 23-Nov-12 17:53:12

Again, American neo-Nazis stockpiling arms in a mountain hideaway. Sorry...
Ariadne, Ariel, Soraya instead?

DilysPrice Fri 23-Nov-12 18:01:36

But DD (10), who is not allowed to watch GOT funnily enough, says "I'd assume they didn't know much about the Second World War".

DilysPrice Fri 23-Nov-12 18:02:24

...which I think is sweet of DD, she assumes ignorance rather than Nazism.

lljkk Fri 23-Nov-12 19:40:26

Opera or music fans.

YummyHoney Fri 23-Nov-12 19:43:55

Nothing of any value to society .

mamalovesmojitos Fri 23-Nov-12 19:45:37

Thanks BOF, just spluttered a glass of red over my phone! My thoughts exactly.

Bonsoir Fri 23-Nov-12 19:46:11

Oh, there is an Arya in my DD's year at school in Paris. His father is a professor of mathematics (at Columbia) and his mother is a graphic designer.

Bonsoir Fri 23-Nov-12 19:46:47

Oh, and both Arya's parents are from the Iranian diaspora.

MaMattoo Fri 23-Nov-12 19:53:05

You do know that the word means noble, truthful, great...yes?
What hitler and co did to the name and its meaning is recent history.
The god who is worshipped on Diwali is called 'arya-putra' or son of the noble one.

The arya I know is the son of a development economist and social scientist.

mercibucket Fri 23-Nov-12 20:20:35

I think most of us are thinking along those lines, mamattoo: either neo-nazi ('recent history as you call it)or hippy (you do know it means noble, truthful, great .. Yes? Said while waving incense and wearing crystals)
There is also the 'foreign' option. Like bonsoir, the only people I know with similar names are from Iran

PropositionJoe Fri 23-Nov-12 20:29:29

Haven't read the thread. I would pronounce it A-ree-yah if I hadn't been told. The parents would be Indian doctors.

PropositionJoe Fri 23-Nov-12 20:30:53

Oh yes - and I'd think it was a boy

3b1g Fri 23-Nov-12 20:33:19

The father would be called Ned (short for Eddard) and would be the Lord of a castle in the North. The mother would be called Catelyn.
Arya is a strong character and a good role model though.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 23-Nov-12 20:58:07

Neo nazis

forevergreek Fri 23-Nov-12 22:19:57

I prefer Aria

sashh Sat 24-Nov-12 03:41:44

Dad is dead for suggesting jofrey is not the king. Mum is with older brother creating and leading armies and doing deals with Walter Frey that she cannot keep to.

Her uncle is about to die, her sister is about to be kidnapped and ............................

Not wanting to do too many spoilers

12ylnon Sat 24-Nov-12 08:00:16

Well We're not neo-nazis (aryan is pronounced air-ee-an, not sure how people are making that connection) and we think homeopathy is a load of balls.
DC will be called Arya if she's a girl. We might like a song of ice and fire a bit though.... Alright, perhaps a lot.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 24-Nov-12 08:01:41

I thought neo nazi but I know nothing about Game of Thrones.

12ylnon Sat 24-Nov-12 08:02:38

I'm a childminder and my OH works in insurance btw.

OwedToAutumn Sat 24-Nov-12 08:08:54

I didn't call either DD Pheobe, because of Friends. It was my favourite ever name, from the time I was about 8 or 9 when I read Eight Cousins.

If I introduced a DD to you as Pheobe, now, you would be unlikely to think of Friends.

If you love the name, use it, and ignore everyone else.

(I have never watched Game of Thrones.)

Frontpaw Sat 24-Nov-12 09:59:13

Persians are an arian (sp??). I know two little Arians (boys), so that is a real name. Not sure how well that goes down in the UK/US. Can you imagine sports day 'faster Arian, Faster, higher, better - beat them all Ariannnnn!'

But then I also know a Fatima, nn Fatty or Fahr-ti (oh dear, I did try to warn them before they went on holiday) 'come here Fatty, Farty come heeeere!'

Frontpaw Sat 24-Nov-12 10:00:50

I also know of a Negar... Prononced, oh dear, just too close to another N word. In the US.

AitchDee Sat 24-Nov-12 10:03:07

You win the prize for most ridiculous thread title ever on Mumsnet. It even exceeds the 'what is the brother of xxxxx called?'.

12ylnon it is the same spelling though. Given that so many people on this thread have associated the name with neo-Nazis, it would definitely put me off!

12ylnon Sat 24-Nov-12 13:27:04

I think the point is that most people will hear the name, not read it. Or they'll hear it when writing it down.
It's not a popular neo-Nazi name, like Loki or Thor or something. It's a common name in India.

I'm not bothered really, anyone who knows us knows we're about as far away from a nazi as you can get.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 24-Nov-12 15:42:21

I'm surprised at the Neo-nazi comments. Even when reading the books on first go,I didn't make that connection. I'm by no means unfamiliar with the word Aryan either.

I couldn't say what I thought Arya's did,I have no set idea. I suppose I would assume some level of Game of Thrones awareness or they were Indian.

I know someone who named her daughter Arya earlier this year. As far as I know,nobody has suggested she is a Neo-Nazi for doing so.


ISeeThreadPeople Sat 24-Nov-12 15:49:42

Somebody dh went to school with has just named his dd....


Arya is infinitely preferable.

bigkidsdidit Sat 24-Nov-12 15:54:57

I'd think white supremacist too

I've never heard of Game of Thrones before this thread though

HarlettOScara Sat 24-Nov-12 15:57:52

Khaleesi? Really? I wouldn't be able to stop myself asking where her dragons are every time I saw her grin

mamalovesmojitos Sat 24-Nov-12 16:00:54

People are making the connection because Aryan is just one letter more than Arya. It doesn't mean we're silly people for not knowing what the name Arya means , it's just that a lot of people will make that connection in their head on first glance. It's not a personal slur against op, it's just an honest answer to the question.

This happened on the other thread. People don't want to hear it!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 24-Nov-12 16:08:12

It is worth taking on board what other people immediately make a connection to,as the child has to carry the name until they're at least 18.

Anyone who knows Game of Thrones will think Arya Stark but people unfamiliar with it are making the connection to Aryan. It's by no means a god connection.

Maybe Aria instead OP?

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 24-Nov-12 16:08:26


forevergreek Sat 24-Nov-12 16:34:57

but in game of thrones i still thought its pronouced Ari AH. as when she is pretending to be a boy its shortened to Ari?

hatebeak Sat 24-Nov-12 17:02:56

It's not surprising people are making the neo-Nazi connection at all - reading about, there would appear to be a trend among such people - in the US at least - for names like Arya, Aryanna, Aryan. I know it's got roots beyond white supremacists - but it's something worth considering if you're thinking about naming a child that.

mamalovesmojitos Sat 24-Nov-12 17:24:35

What about Arianna?

Bluegrass Sat 24-Nov-12 17:30:25

I have friends with a child called Aryan, I'll have to mention that people must assume they are white supremacists.

They are Indian so hopefully won't feel too put out!

I'd think they were Iranian, or younger Arya's: Game of Thrones.

It's a name I'd use for both of the above reasons grin

No clue what they'd do for a living though!

squoosh Sat 24-Nov-12 17:51:31

I immediately thought 'red neck Neo Nazi parents'.

RE the white supremacist business, they actually stole the Aryan thing from the Persian's. 'Iran' actually means "place of Aryan's" or something like that. Weirdly enough.

Persian's are the original 'Aryans' though, so to speak. Certainly wouldn't put me off naming my child Arya, especially with the Game of Thrones making it poplar at the moment.

Frontpaw: My aunt is known as Auntie Fatti grin short for Fatima of course. Combined with my British great grandmother Nanny Piggy (named due to me being unable to say 'Peggy'), people think I'm taking the piss when I talk about my family blush

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 24-Nov-12 19:05:15

The Nazis stole the swastika from innocent ancient sources as well - doesn't mean it's a sensible thing to wear on a necklace in the UK.

Lady: True.
But the connection is so loose to me RE Arya, especially as most would hear it before seeing it, that it won't put me off one of the few names I can get DP to agree on that I love wink

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 24-Nov-12 21:37:13

I'd think they were frightfully common

stickylittlefingers Sat 24-Nov-12 21:41:02

I was at school with an Arya. Her parents were both doctors. This was way before GoT though. I think it's a pretty name.

ChocolateCoins Sat 24-Nov-12 22:19:08

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought it was pronounced ar-re-a. I'm sure on game of thrones it's pronounced like that too?

AlphaBeta82 Sun 25-Nov-12 13:08:47

I always thought it was I-ra! And loved that version of it.
Also in the game of thrones (big fan) the girl Arya is a wonderful character so I think a good namesake!! :-)

Handsfulloffun Sun 25-Nov-12 13:10:21

Yes on the tv series it is pronounced ah ria.

Handsfulloffun Sun 25-Nov-12 13:10:48

Or ar ria even

Moknicker Mon 26-Nov-12 18:04:23

DD is Arya
Im from India. Arya means "noble"or "the best" in Sanksrit which is where the name originates from and is an old and beautiful name.
Ive never heard of Game of thrones until I saw this thread!! Luckily i dont think anyone i know knows what it is either!
FWIW DH and I are both from oxbridge. DH is an MD and I am a director - in big corporates. Everyone we meet loves our DDns names (god know what they are saying behind our back!)

Frontpaw Mon 26-Nov-12 18:24:53

As long as they aren't saying (as someone said to my sister's face) "XX (her name)?? What a bloody stupid name!".

I always knew my sis had an unusual name, but I thought unusual was quirky, not Baaaad until I came onto Mumsnet!

MissCellania Mon 26-Nov-12 23:06:49

"^I didn't call either DD Pheobe, because of Friends. It was my favourite ever name, from the time I was about 8 or 9 when I read Eight Cousins. "^

It's a good job you didn't, since you can't spell it! It's Phoebe.

Arya I just see Are ya? Tis awful.

DangerMousey Tue 27-Nov-12 10:30:20

If you love the name Arya but want to steer clear of the neo nazi connotations why not include an "I", and use the Iranian spelling instead: Ariya. I think it looks prettier written down like this too. And less likely to be pronounced "are yer", as in "who are yer?"

burcham12 Tue 27-Nov-12 11:50:34

They think of other names!

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