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What does Ari mean?

Ari Pronunciation of Ari [ari] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Ari) is pronounced AHR-ee, AIR-ee. It is of Hebrew and Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Ari is "lion, eagle". A short form of Aristides. Also a part of the more familiar Ariel.

Associated with: scandinavian, lion, eagle.


Ari has 6 variants: Arie, Aristide, Arius, Arri, Ary and Arye.

Related boy names: Aaron and Aristotle.

6 more different relations via Ariel, Aristides: Aeriel, Airel, Arel, Ariell, Arik and Aryel.

Creative forms:
(male) Aar, Ati, ..

(female) Arag, Arra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ari Zamir (A.Z.), ..

How popular is Ari?

Ari is an unusual first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#93006 out of 150436, Top 62%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ari was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #402 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ari name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ari outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Ari (#402 from current records) are Aaron (#52 from current records), Arie, Ariel (#598), Arik and Arius (#1899). Other forms, like Ariell, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Ari was more pronounced in the year 1994 (median #1131) and is somewhat less today (#1158, 43.4% less usage). Ari and Ariel are two of the more trendy baby names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ari, Aaron, Arie, Ariel, Arik, Arius in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aaron outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ari is alike in pronunciation to Aaro, Ara, Ario, Arrio, Arrow, Arry, Arryo, Aryeh, Aryo, Eero, Eri, Erie, Ira, Oro, Orry, Uri, Uria, Uriah, Yuri, Yuria, Yurii, Yuriy and Yury. Other suggested similar names are Adi, Afi, Ali, Ani, Ard, Aric, Arin, Aris, Arn, Arni, Art, Arv, Avi and Bri. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ari.

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