With its roots in the Sanskrit language, Aadya is a rare name in the Indian subcontinent. Aadya is a gender-specific name and is used almost always for girls. An interesting fact about this name is it is used both as a first name and a surname. This name can be found in several Indian languages, including Bengali, Assamese, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi. The meaning of Aadya is ‘the beginning’ or ‘the first power’. Aadya is another name for the Hindu deity Durga; however, some sources also claim that the name refers to Lord Shiva, one of the principal Gods in Hindu mythology. Over the years, people have created several versions of this name, like Adya, Adhya, Aadhya, and Aadyaa. The existence of the name Aadya can also be found in the Russian language, where it is spelled as Avdiky or Avdey. Some notable personalities bearing this beautiful name are Zaskia Adya Mecca, an Indonesian actress; Adya Rangacharaya, a renowned scholar and writer; and Aadya Gowda, a Kannada actress who appeared in the 2014 film ‘Agraja’. According to popular belief, people with the name Aadya are generally adventurous and extroverted.