Full name for Ari

I am looking for a name for myself–ideally something that is solidly gender-neutral, but I am considering other names if they feel right, and I might balance them out with a middle that leans a bit the other way. A while back I was set on Arlo; it really, really felt like the right name. But I’ve found that while in theory I see it as gender-neutral, in practice it felt too masc. To be fair, I only tried it out online and with one in-person friend, so it’s still on the list, but I’m thinking about alternatives.
When I tried out [name_u]Arlo[/name_u], I also used the nickname [name_u]Ari[/name_u], and I really love it. I think that for myself I prefer it as a nickname, so I’m looking for full names to use.

Here are some of my ideas and my concerns about them:

[name_u]Arden[/name_u] - I like the soft sound and the [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m] connection, but it’s the name of a close friend’s grade 1 best friend. They don’t know that [name_u]Arden[/name_u] at all anymore, and it’s probably not an issue, but would it be kinda weird?

[name_u]Artemis[/name_u] - super cool vibes, but it is weird to change my name bc I want something more neutral (as opposed to my traditionally feminine name) and choose the name of a goddess?

[name_u]Kiari[/name_u] - feels a little trendy/invented (and the origin seems to be unclear), but I still think it’s kinda cool. [name_u]Will[/name_u] it always be misunderstood as [name_f]Kiara[/name_f] though? And is [name_u]Ari[/name_u] intuitive?

[name_u]Arbor[/name_u] - cool, but I usually prefer word names in the middle

[name_u]Ariel[/name_u] - would almost certainly be considered 100% feminine here

[name_u]Arlen[/name_u] - not sure how I feel about it; is it just me, or does it feel like it’s missing something?

[name_u]Amari[/name_u] - cool name and meaning, but not sure about using it personally because I am a white person of mainly German/Scandinavian ancestry

[name_u]Azariah[/name_u] - I like the sound and the meaning, but I’m not sure if [name_u]Ari[/name_u] comes naturally as a nickname. I also like [name_u]Amariah[/name_u], but I prefer [name_u]Azariah[/name_u]

Any thoughts or suggestions?


I like [name_u]Arden[/name_u], [name_u]Kiari[/name_u], and [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] best of your options.

I think [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] feels the most neutral because of it being a word, but if you’re sure you don’t want a word name in the first name spot, I would take it off the list. However, if you like it as an exception to your usual preference, I think it makes a great choice.

[name_u]Arden[/name_u] also feels very neutral, although slightly more feminine in my opinion (still very much a unisex name though). I don’t think [name_u]Arden[/name_u] being your close friend’s childhood friend’s name is an issue. They don’t know each other any more. Unless this other [name_u]Arden[/name_u] holds a very special place in your friend’s heart, to the point you would feel uncomfortable asking this friend to call you [name_u]Arden[/name_u], I wouldn’t worry about it.

[name_u]Kiari[/name_u] is definitely cool and I think [name_u]Ari[/name_u] is intuitive as a nickname. However, I do think it will be misheard sometimes. I think if people mistaking your name for the very feminine [name_f]Kiara[/name_f] or [name_f]Kiera[/name_f] will make you uncomfortable, [name_u]Kiari[/name_u] might be one to avoid just to avoid that confusion. If you’re okay with the occasional correction, I think [name_u]Kiari[/name_u] is solidly neutral and a cool, modern choice.

A few other suggestions could be [name_u]Ara[/name_u], [name_u]Arlington[/name_u], [name_u]Arial[/name_u] (this feels more neutral in the English-speaking world than [name_u]Ariel[/name_u], although I’m not sure how you’d feel about the font connection), [name_u]Carlisle[/name_u], or [name_u]Solaris[/name_u].

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[name_u]Arden[/name_u] - a great option!! I don’t think that connection is a big deal - esepcially if they don’t know them anymore, plus, it’s not unusual to know two people with the same name!

[name_u]Artemis[/name_u] - i do like this, but yeah, not sure on choosing a goddess’s name

[name_u]Kiari[/name_u] - [name_u]Kiari[/name_u] does feel invented, yet also well established? Like it doesn’t feel super plucked out of the air. [name_u]Ari[/name_u] makes sense as a nn

[name_u]Arbor[/name_u] - charming and similar enough to names like [name_u]Arthur[/name_u], [name_u]Arlo[/name_u] or [name_u]Alba[/name_u] that it feels natural

[name_u]Ariel[/name_u] - yeah, I do think it will be associated with The [name_m]Little[/name_m] Mermaid

[name_u]Arlen[/name_u] - not sure on this

[name_u]Amari[/name_u] - if you’re not sure on using it, I probably wouldn’t

[name_u]Azariah[/name_u] - [name_u]Ari[/name_u] makes sense to me and this is a gorgeous name

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Arden is gorgeous, nicely neutral and literary. I don’t think the connection would matter but I guess that would be a conversation to have with your friend.

It’s a shame Ariel is considered so feminine these days because that’s also a great Shakespeare reference! I’d consider it neutral but you’d likely get people thinking of Disney.

Kiari is cool but I do think it would be understood as feminine because of the similarity to Kiara etc.

This might be a hot take but I think Artemis is very much neutral despite being a goddess name. Maybe because the first context I encountered it was as a boy’s name? Artemis → Ari works for me!

Less keen on the others, but I do like Arlo → Ari and think that has potential.

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Arden - I do not find that to weird at all. I mean, your friend doesn’t talk to their friend anymore nor has any contact with them so it is not like it will get confusing to differentiate you two or will be a problem. Maybe try to ask your friend if they are comfortable to call you [name_u]Arden[/name_u] (because that friend might hold great importance in their heart)? If they don’t say no, then really [name_u]Arden[/name_u] would be perfect for you. It is so soft and I love Shakespearean associations.

Artemis - I do not think it is too femenine. Yes, it is the name of a goddess, but if [name_u]Jupiter[/name_u] is gender neutral why not [name_u]Artemis[/name_u]? And there are boy names like Artëm or Artemius. Also here is [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] Fowl. Use it totally!

Kiari - It does not feel trendy or invented to me. It won’t get confused with [name_f]Kiara[/name_f] for me (the sounds are so different!) [name_u]Ari[/name_u] and [name_f]Kia[/name_f] would be my first direct or intuitive nicknames.

Arbor - I think it would be a very good choice for you! But you might want to consider others if it feels to naturey.

Ariel - To be honest? If you live in the Anglosphere, I would say it would be femenine, but won’t feel weird on a boy or enby too. In other countries, it is neutral or masc. I wouldn’t think that a boy or enby named [name_u]Ariel[/name_u] is weird.

Arlen - Very beautiful. I recommend this choice, but nickname [name_u]Ari[/name_u] might not be intuitive, at least I would use [name_m]Len[/name_m]. Maybe [name_u]Arlo[/name_u].

Amari - I think [name_u]Amari[/name_u] is a perfectly understandable and good name even for a white person.

Azariah - I would use [name_u]Aza[/name_u] or [name_m]Riah[/name_m]. But [name_u]Ari[/name_u] isn’t that stretched. l prefer [name_u]Amariah[/name_u] though. Anyway all great choices.

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourites here are [name_u]Arlen[/name_u], [name_u]Arden[/name_u] and [name_u]Artemis[/name_u].

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Sorry for any repeats:












































Arleigh:meadow of hare

Azariah:yah has helped


Ariella:Lion of god

Arrietta:little aria


Arowen:fair Valkyrie




Arianne:Very holy

Arkaia:From Arcadia

Arvi:Fresh water




Arland: pledge or oath


Aarthi: Way of offering prayer to god

Ara: brings rain

Araceli: altar of heaven; heavenly

Arevalous: sunlight

Arauna: Director of the sun

Arpina: rising of sun

Arrington: Earna’s settlement

Arlette: noble honor

Arella: messenger from God, angel



Ardelle: Ardent, Eager, Industrious

Ariella: lion of God


Macaria: blessed

Tuari: Young eagle (Native)

Arisu: Righteous,kind (Japan)

Aravis: Lewis’s A Horse and His Boy

Arele: mountain

Arces: maple tree

Arianwen: white, holy silver

Aryani: noble; air; song

Arledge: dweller at the rabbit lake

Araluen: place of the water lilies





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@EagleEyes - thanks for the thoughts and suggestions! Those three are probably the ones I’m leaning towards the most. I love [name_u]Solaris[/name_u], but I feel like [name_u]Ari[/name_u] isn’t the first nickname people would go to (nothing against [name_u]Sol[/name_u], though), and my instinctive pronunciation was “soh-LAIR-iss”, so I think I’d also be correcting other people a lot.

@Greyblue - thank you for all the feedback! [name_f]Glad[/name_f] to hear that [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] doesn’t sound too out-there. And also happy to hear some more love for [name_u]Azariah[/name_u]!

@persephonescrown - thank you for sharing your thoughts! I love [name_u]Arden[/name_u] for those reasons, and I think it’s also a good idea to bring it up with my friend. Also I agree it’s too bad [name_u]Ariel[/name_u] isn’t considered more neutral… why couldn’t [name_u]Arielle[/name_u] have stuck as the feminine form? And re: [name_u]Artemis[/name_u], I love [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] as a neutral name, but I’m worried about how others might see it, and a bit about taking a name from another religion and changing it to suit me, if that makes sense.

@heartwings - thank you for all the feedback! [name_u]Arden[/name_u] really does feel like it could be the perfect fit, so I think I might ask my friend about it. And I like your take on [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] as a gender-neutral name.

@CashTheUnicorn - thanks for all the ideas! [name_u]Archer[/name_u] is one that I considered, but it feels too masc (and I do archery, so it feels a bit on-the-nose…). I also love the sound of [name_u]Arian[/name_u], but it is a definite no-go because of the association with the [name_m]Aryan[/name_m] race. [name_m]Aramis[/name_m], [name_f]Ellaria[/name_f], Evaria, and [name_f]Lunaria[/name_f], and several others, are gorgeous, but unfortunately feel too gendered for my preference.


[name_u]Arden[/name_u]- Nothing weird about that!
[name_u]Artemis[/name_u]- If that’s a concern, you can try out other versions of [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] like [name_m]Artem[/name_m]!
[name_u]Kiari[/name_u]- It is a cool name, though I do think people will think of the name [name_f]Kiara[/name_f]. I do see [name_u]Ari[/name_u] as a NN to it
[name_u]Ariel[/name_u]- I actually consider this very neutral
[name_u]Arlen[/name_u]- Hmmm It does kind of feel that way
[name_u]Amari[/name_u]- I know someone with a name similar to this and they are hispanic, so I’m not sure either!
[name_u]Azariah[/name_u]- I really cool name. This one is my fav from your list

Other name suggestions


[name_u]Solaris[/name_u] / [name_f]Solari[/name_f]

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[name_u]Arden[/name_u] and [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] are lovely! I think [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] is wonderful, but I do find it very feminine because of its history.

Between [name_u]Arden[/name_u] and [name_u]Arbor[/name_u], I lean more towards [name_u]Arden[/name_u]. That’s a lovely, literary, and earthy choice. I don’t think the friend thing would be much of an issue, especially since you’ll be going by [name_u]Ari[/name_u] a lot of the time.

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In regards to [name_u]Artemis[/name_u], you could always use the less feminine [name_m]Artemas[/name_m] spelling which also then isn’t directly using the name of goddess if that makes you uncomfortable!

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@unknownsel - thanks for the feedback! I like [name_m]Artem[/name_m], but I think it’d get mispronounced. [name_u]Ardell[/name_u] is another one that I’ve thought about, but it might be too close to [name_f]Adele[/name_f]. Leomaris and [name_u]Alizarin[/name_u] are super cool!

@snowmaiden - thank you! I like the positive reception [name_u]Arden[/name_u] and [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] are getting. And thanks for pointing out that the nickname [name_u]Ari[/name_u] kind of lessens the [name_u]Arden[/name_u] issue.

@Archer27 - thanks for the suggestion! I like [name_m]Artemas[/name_m]. I feel like there will be a lot of correcting spelling, but it’s still worth considering, because I love the sound.


Yes I see that…Maybe Alarian or Elarian as a more neutral [name_f]Ellaria[/name_f] [name_u]Or[/name_u] Evaristo,Varian,Avariel, Aristeo,Arioch,Ariaz,Arillas,Arilyn,Aurei

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Elarian/Alarian is super cool! Thanks!


I think [name_u]Artemis[/name_u] is a great option! Eventhough it’s the name of a goddess I’ve always loved it on boy/men and nonbinary persons as well. [name_u]Arden[/name_u] would be nice too. I don’t think that friend’s friend is a problem.

Maybe Ariste, Arton, [name_m]Aritz[/name_m], Arany, Arentine or Alex-Riley would fit you.

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I second others saying that [name_u]Arden[/name_u] and [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] are cool choices! If you want more of a blank-slate name without the past connections, however slight, that [name_u]Arden[/name_u] has, [name_u]Arbor[/name_u] would be a great one! [name_m]Even[/name_m] though it is a word with its own meaning, that starts to fade for me as I say it a few times to myself as a name…and the word is abstract and has positive associations anyway, which is a cool plus.

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