Etymology: Modern simplification of Arianna, Ariane and Arianne, all forms of the Greek name Ariadne ("most holy"; Cretan Greek ' (ari) "most" and ' (adnos) "holy"). There has been some confusion with the similar sounding and equally fashionable Adriana and Adrienne. Derivation from Welsh arian "silver" is a folk etymology.
- (given name, female, from Greek, ).
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