Aari is a gender-neutral name that most likely originated as a Finnish variation of the famous terms Aaron and Aarion. However, it is possible that the name also emanates from an Ancient Egyptian word 'aha rw'. Hence, the meaning of Aari is 'warrior lion', or from 'aaru', the heavenly paradise in Egyptian mythology where Osiris, the god of fertility and agriculture, resides. In ancient Hebrew, the name can have various meanings, including 'high mountain', 'mountain of strength', 'exalted', 'enlightened', or 'bearer of martyrs'. Individuals named Aari are usually known to take leadership in aiding and caring for others because they are highly emotional, innately affectionate, sensitive, caring, and loving. One famous personality bearing the name is Aari Arujunan, the actor who rose to prominence in his role as Murugan in the Tamil language thriller film Nedunchaalai. Another is the American basketball player Aari McDonald who was drafted third overall by the Dream in the 2021 WNBA draft.