Errant Bard, on 28 March 2012 - 02:45 PM, said:
It's a persian name, it means faithful/friend
It's also a well known name in the Middle East and South Asia.
It fits more with the Hindu-Buddhist definition of "Arya
The word ārya
), in the sense "noble" or "exalted"
, is very frequently used in Buddhist texts to designate a spiritual warrior or hero
, which use this term much more often than Hindu or Jain texts.
In Buddhist texts, the āryas are those who have the Buddhist śīla
, meaning "virtue") and follow the Buddhist path.
The Mahāvibhasa 
states that only the noble ones
(āryas) realize all four of the four noble truths (āryasatyāni) and that only a noble wisdom understands them fully. The same text also describes the āryas as the ones who "have understood and realized about the [truth of] suffering, (impermanence, emptiness, and no-self)" and who "understand things as they are"
In another text, the Yogācārabhūmi
(Taishō 1579, vol. xx, 364b10-15), the āryas are described as being free from the viparyāsa
"ARYA" is both Persian and Sanskrit in origin. (Indo-European)
Also, Arya named her direwolf Nymeria, who was a warrior
queen of the Rhoynar people that allowed them to flee to Dorne when their lands were invaded by the Valyrian Freehold. She's esteemed as a heroine
Arya suffers firsthand the horrors of war as she's in the midst of it while traveling in the Riverlands (suffering). She witnesses/hears her father's beheading (impermanence), she pulls her mother's corpse from a river as Nymeria and ever since then, she describes herself as having "no heart" and void of emotion (emptiness). Then in Braavos, she trains under the order of the Faceless Men to embrace an identity as "no one" (no-self).
Edited by Artemis, 11 June 2012 - 09:58 PM.