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What do the parents of Arya do?

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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?

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

They think of other names!

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?"

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.

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!

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!)

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

Or ar ria even

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

Yes on the tv series it is pronounced ah ria.

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!! :-)

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?

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.

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

I'd think they were frightfully common

ConfusedPixie Sat 24-Nov-12 21:36:11

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

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.

ConfusedPixie Sat 24-Nov-12 17:56:39

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

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

I immediately thought 'red neck Neo Nazi parents'.

ConfusedPixie Sat 24-Nov-12 17:42:43

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!

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!

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

What about Arianna?

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.

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?

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


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?

IHeartKingThistle Sat 24-Nov-12 16:02:35

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

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.

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

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