Aurelia or Arya?

(39 Posts)
afrikat Sat 11-May-13 16:23:46

My DH loves Aurelia but I think it may be a bit 'fancy' and difficult for a child to pronounce. I thought Arya could be an alternative.

Opinions? Or what else should we consider?

kelda Sat 11-May-13 16:25:39

Yes Aurelia is very hard to pronounce. Which means that I can't pronounce it.

I like Arya, although I think it will rise in popularity due to GofT.

ArtexMonkey Sat 11-May-13 16:28:44

If you use Arya everyone will just think it's a Game of Thrones thing (not that there's anything wrong with that, or that it matters what others think btw). Aurelia is lovely.

goingdownhill Sat 11-May-13 16:30:31

Aurelia is such a beautiful name. If I had a dd3 it is the name I would use. Arya is in my opinion not nearly as lovely. smile

meditrina Sat 11-May-13 16:33:34

I'm afraid when I saw Arya, I thought Aryan and I wouldn't use a name with such resonances.

I don't know Game of Thrones, I too thought Aryan and would avoid.

DolomitesDonkey Sat 11-May-13 16:35:55

Aurelia, was in a film I watched recently - cant remember what though sorry.

afrikat Sat 11-May-13 16:38:02

Ooh I didn't think of Aryan similarity - probably strikes that off the list!

Was it Love Actually dolomites? That's where we heard it smile

LittleBells Sat 11-May-13 16:38:25

I'm with meditrina... Arya instantly made me think of Aryan and I'm not even too familiar with the word and the issues but it has instant negative connotations (for me). Sorry.
I do love Aurelia though!
How about


Or my personal favourite;

Athena (love this so much)

DolomitesDonkey Sat 11-May-13 17:19:02

Afrikat, absolutely right! grin I knew I'd heard it pronounced by a non-English speaker and it had sounded beautiful. Perhaps not so much if you live in Bootle. wink

sleepingbeautiful Sat 11-May-13 17:42:51

How about Aria? It's a legitimate non-game-of-thrones name, with both Hebrew and Italian (musical) origins.

tilder Sat 11-May-13 19:08:06

I never get the appeal of the name aurelia. To me its a jellyfish. Sorry.

Love the name arya. I would assume game of thrones as well. Was it a name in its own right before GoT?

Decoy Sat 11-May-13 20:38:12

Aurelia is lovely and I also like the suggestions of Aurora and Aria. Amelia or Arianna?

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sat 11-May-13 20:43:53

Aurelia is lovely.

Aurelia is a character in Love Actually smile it's a beautiful name

How do you pronounce Arya?

Xpost with everyone blush

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sun 12-May-13 01:57:36

Arya is such a nothing name. Not familiar with Game of Thrones.

Aurelia is beautiful, on the other hand.

Homebird8 Sun 12-May-13 02:20:21

You could spell Ayra 'Eira'. Welsh for snow! Said the same I think.

glorious Sun 12-May-13 07:56:12

Aurelia. I know how to say that but not Arya!

picnicbasketcase Sun 12-May-13 08:05:17

Pronounced like Aria, I think it's pretty, but I'm not so keen on the way they pronounce it in GoT, which is more like 'Are-ya', like 'are ya going out'. Aurelia seems more like a real name, less trendy IYSWIM.

diddl Sun 12-May-13 09:27:28



DolomitesDonkey Sun 12-May-13 09:35:43

Ayla? Pronounced eye-la.

hbmeic Sun 12-May-13 11:47:42

Aurelia reminds me of nipples (Areola).

Anya is lovely.

Aurelia is beautiful. I also thought aryan when I saw your list.

hbmeic Sun 12-May-13 12:05:56

Aryan Really? The Nazi connection.

OrangeLily Sun 12-May-13 12:18:01

Aurelia is beautiful

afrikat Sun 12-May-13 12:25:05

Well we decided to test out a bunch of names at a family gathering last night - we wrote a list of about 20 names some of which we like and others as red herrings. Everyone had to say them so we can see what they sounded like with different accents and both Arya and Aurelia caused problems - people either didn't know how to pronounce them and those that tried all said them in a different way! So I think we have discounted both.

Eliza seems a surprise favourite tho smile

Laquila Sun 12-May-13 13:36:25

Love Aurelia. Also love Aurora, which I'd consider for mine if it didn't clash a bit with our surname.

I don't dislike Arya but prefer the spelling Aria (and think the latter avoids people mispronouncing it as Are-ya, like they do in GoT!).

FWIW, I don't think of Aryan when I see the name Arya.

diddl Sun 12-May-13 13:46:18

Oh that's sad, OP.

Eliza is nice.


forevergreek Sun 12-May-13 13:59:01

Aurelia Reminds me of orally I'm afraid!

aria/ ariana/ arielle/ ariella/ ariel/ aurora/ anya/ eliana/ elena/ Alina

Amrapaali Sun 12-May-13 14:05:19

Arya is a lovely name if you live in India. It doesnt have any of the negative Nazi connotations, its just a historical name. Its a very common name for boys tho...

Same with the swastika. Its actually a religious symbol, designed to bring good luck. Until Adolf appropriated it. Pfft...

chattychattyboomba Sun 12-May-13 14:31:18

grin We loved Aurelian (boy) or Aurelia for a girl. I decided it sounded wrong in an English accent but thought we could get away with Aureya. That way Ray could be a NN (my grandmother's name)...we ended up going with Ariana- although this was before the name became ridiculously popular due to game if thrones. There is an Arya in Dd's ballet class... It can be confusing as we both use 'Ari' as a NN... Hate that our unique name is now so popular hmm

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 14:33:59

Aurelia is lovely.

I can only think of one way to pronounce it, but maybe I'm wrong.

Or-ray-lee-a ?

chattychattyboomba Sun 12-May-13 14:36:20

Btw our Australian family and friends pronounce it 'ah ree ah na' which reeeeally irritates me. Sounds so twangy and...sorry...common <snob>
We prefer 'Aaarr reee aaarr nah' like GOT particularly because our last name has an 'a' that is a soft 'aarrr'

Cookethenook Mon 13-May-13 09:32:08

Both are lovely. I knew an Aurelia at school and i don't think anyone ever made the connection to areola! She shortened it to 'Aureli' (Au-ray-lee).

I posted about the name Arya before we knew we were having a boy and had a lot of people saying it looked like the word aryan. It really didn't bother me in the slightest though as i don't see the connection, especially when you hear it, which most people will before they see the spelling. Also, all of the people i've asked about it in real life about the name have been a bit WTF at that connection and thought it was beautiful. It's about as tenuous as saying Harry looks like 'hairy'.

Imo, you're safe with both! (I might have to steal Arya though if they've got the sex of this little one wrong!)

forgetmenots Mon 13-May-13 15:07:08

Eliza is lovely. I also love Elsa and Alice.

Arya = Aryan for me too. Aurelia and Aurelie are lovely names but some accents (including mine) struggle!


Bonsoir Mon 13-May-13 18:45:26

Aurelia is all right, but you need quite a personality to carry it off. Arya is a boy's name.

tilder Mon 13-May-13 19:16:18

Eliza is a beautiful name. Classic, timeless but also quite unusual.

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