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Meaning and Name Origin

Ari \a-ri\ 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.


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

For more information, see also related boy names Aaron and Aristotle.

Ari has 11 more different forms via Ariel, Aristides: Aeriel, Aeriell, Airel, Airyel, Airyell, Arel, Ariell, Arik, Aristeides, Aryel and Aryell.


Ari is an unusual first name for males. Ari is an equally uncommon last name for both adults and children. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ari name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ari and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Ari (#441 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Aaron (#50 the previous year) and Ariel (#738). Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread in the year 2007 and is somewhat lower today, with the form Ariel becoming less in vogue. Aaron (#50) and Ari (#441) are two of the more trendy baby names in this list, with Aaron undergoing a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aaron, Ari, Ariel 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, 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.