What does Ari mean?
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.
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ari for boys. Ari was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #419 in the U.S. in 2013, and is presently at #441. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Ari (#441 2 years ago) are Aaron (#50 2 years ago) and Ariel (#738). Other forms, like Aeriel, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Ari was more pronounced in the year 2007 (average #370) and is almost as conventional today (#409, 6.2% less). Aaron is more familiar than the rest, while Ari has also become popular as well, and Ariel has dropped out of the list. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ari and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Ari▲ is alike in pronunciation to Aaro, Ara, Ario, Arrio, Arry, Aryo, Eri, Erie, Ira▼, Oro, Uri, Uria and Yuri. Other suggested similar baby 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.