Essays

“Aryan” Is the Correct and Proper Name of Our Race

aryan

by James Harting

BEFORE 1940 or so, the term “Aryan” and the name “Aryan race” were part of the ordinary vocabulary of every moderately-educated person in the English speaking world. Following the Second World War, “Aryan” fell into forced disuse and disrepute because of its association with National Socialist racial ideology. Winners write the history books, and “Aryan” was one word they wanted left out.

Instead, it was replaced by “White” in everyday use, and by “Indo-European” for use by historical and linguistic specialists. At some point in the 1970s, newspapers stopped capitalizing it, and it became just “white.”

Now we are told by our would-be masters that the White race itself does not exist – that it is merely a “social construct” designed to keep the colored races of the world suppressed.

Pretty neat trick, eh? First we are exterminated linguistically, then conceptually, and next – well, killing off the Aryan race can hardly be genocide, if it does not really exist in the first place – right?

An essential counter-measure to this genocidal design is for us to reclaim both our racial identity as Aryans – and the word “Aryan” itself.

The following is the truth about the term “Aryan,” which our racial enemies hate so much.

About 4,000 or 5,000 years ago there was a racially homogeneous collection of tribes who called themselves the “Aryans” or something similar. The name means the “Noble Ones,” and is related, for example, to the Greek words aristos (“the best”) and arete (“excellence in virtue”). In addition to being of one race or ethnicity, they all spoke the same language, and had common religion, legal system and social structure.

For reason of lamentable Political Correctness, in the post-1945 world scholars have chosen to speak of these people as the Indo-Europeans – but practically speaking, Indo-European and Aryan are interchangeable as racial designations.

There is much controversy about the precise location Indo-European homeland, but the consensus of informed opinion places it somewhere in Southeastern Europe (perhaps in the Danube basin) or Southwestern Asia (perhaps on the western steppes or maybe in Anatolia).

At some point in time there began a great outflowing from the Indo-European homeland. Some Aryan tribes moved east and south. The Indo-Aryans were that tribe or folk which crossed the Hindu Kush mountains and descended into the Indus valley, where they gave birth to the Classical Indian civilization. Others (such as the Mitanni) migrated to the area now known as Iran, where they created the ancient Persian civilization. Still others (such as the Tocharians), journeyed further eastward, towards the rising sun, venturing across the Takla Makan desert and into Western China.

All of these Eastern Aryans, over the course of time, intermarried with the more-numerous non-Aryan peoples whom they conquered. In consequence, they lost their distinctive racial identity, and became extinct.

But the Western Aryans, following the direction of the setting Sun, poured into Europe. The Hellenes conquered Greece, the Italic tribes conquered Italy. The Celts swept across Northwestern Europe, as far as Ireland. In Northern Europe, the Germanic peoples established their distinctive culture.

All of the nations and peoples of Europe, with the exception of the Basques in the west and the Finno-Ugric peoples in the northeast, are descended from the Western Aryans. (And the Basques and Finno-Ugrians are of related racial lineage, in any case.) Because the peoples they conquered were racially similar to them, intermixture between the Indo-European conquerors and the pre-Indo-European “Old Europeans” allowed the Western Aryans to maintain their distinctive racial identity to this day.

The names “Ireland” and “Iran” both mean “land of the Aryans,” and testify to the extent of Indo-European or Aryan settlement. Among the ancient Hittites, possibly the oldest Aryan civilization, we find documents using the term “nata ara” to refer to non-Hittites. It means exactly what you think it means: “non-Aryan.”

In The Histories (circa 450 BC), Herodotus actually uses the word “Aryan” to describe the Medes, who were an ancient people related to the Greeks, and who lived directly to the east of them. He writes:

The Medes were called anciently by all peoples “Aryans,” but when Medea, the Colchian, came to them from Athens, they changed their name. Such is the account which they themselves give.

In India, the Aryan tribes kept the name “Aryan” as their specific ethnonym (also in Afghanistan), where it continues to be used today, long after the last drop of pure Aryan blood has vanished.

Some scholars try to pretend that the term “Aryan” only has value when used linguistically or applied to the Aryans in India. But the historic and prehistoric record is clear: “Aryan” was a racial or folk designation long before it was appropriated as a narrow linguistic term.

Today, racially conscious White people throughout the world have proudly reclaimed this ancient racial descriptor as the proper name of their Race – and that is how it should be!

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Source: New Order

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James Harting
James Harting
26 July, 2015 2:25 pm

Thank you for reproducing this essay. I well remember that although Dr. Pierce used the term “White” as the designation for our Race in public outreach, that in private conversation he preferred the word “Aryan” as being more precise.

aa
aa
26 July, 2015 3:24 pm

Aryan is a good description. But it is a fact that 19th century racial writing frequently used White in reference to White people. A.H. made the term Aryan popular in the 20th century.

Randy Benton
Randy Benton
4 February, 2016 8:54 pm

Thank you for this book. I have noticed that you can’t hardly watch a Hollywood production without them pushing an Aryan women with an African American male. It has caused a trend that has turned into reality with these most of these girls winding up with a mixed child and all alone, slowly destroying our Aryan bloodlines and our culture. Who is responsible for this and is it an agenda?

Aileen Anderson
Aileen Anderson
Reply to  Randy Benton
15 December, 2017 12:08 pm

You are a white supremacist. You are making it sound like all other races are dirty. As a mixed child myself, I find that very offensive.

Travon Martinberg
Travon Martinberg
Reply to  Aileen Anderson
16 December, 2017 1:16 pm

Then why are you visiting this site?

Blondie
Blondie
Reply to  Aileen Anderson
16 December, 2017 2:58 pm

Stay away from here then, it´s that easy.
I am white and i prefer and value my own race first of all, so just stay away from us.

John Corbin
John Corbin
Reply to  Aileen Anderson
21 January, 2019 11:18 pm

Boo hoo.

Tom Reilly
Tom Reilly
Reply to  Aileen Anderson
31 July, 2019 7:50 pm

Hollywood is responsible. I’ve started watching many a show that looks good, when In fact, the lunatics shove that interracial garbage down our throats. Offensive? Procreate within the Aryan race and you won’t be offended.

fsf
fsf
Reply to  Randy Benton
11 March, 2020 12:28 pm

Agreed, I am white and don’t see why having mixed people be even remotely a problem.

Angry Swede
Angry Swede
Reply to  fsf
11 March, 2020 1:48 pm

You don’t care about it, and it doesn’t matter to you?
Race and skin color, you don’t reflect about this at all, not the slightest?

If not, I suppose you have no problems living in a society, a nation, with whites only, right?
Or, you are one of those who preach diversity and can’t stand the sight of a 100% white nation, society after all?

Tank1488
Tank1488
Reply to  fsf
11 March, 2020 2:17 pm

> I’m white and I don’t see a problem with mongrels existing.

Nice try jew.

Boston Duprey
Boston Duprey
28 October, 2016 10:47 am

This is hateful. Who gives a “hoot” about what happened thousands of years ago, why this preponderance on race, nothing other than supremacy. We are a large melting pot my friend, as equal in God’s eyes as we should be in each others. Your education has made you hateful with statistics but you miss the point of humanity entirely. Driving home these identities only further alienates us from each other and is the starting point of violence. Hopeless and powerless people embrace the supremacy of these teachings, which are positively ridiculous. Even your qualitative terms listed below insure that this will never be publish, side-stepping amendment rights to free speech. Further proof that you are a legend in your own mind.

Kay
Kay
Reply to  Boston Duprey
7 November, 2017 7:13 am

We are NOT all equal in God’s eyes. Try reading the Bible. The Aryan, the Adamite, is His chosen people, a royal race in His eyes, created in His image. This does NOT count for “all” races. The Bible itself wasn’t even written for any other race other than His chisen people, Israel = the Aryan race. Anything else is a blatant lie created to hide the truth. There is a reason blacks are called “beast of the field” in Scripture.

Aileen Anderson
Aileen Anderson
Reply to  Kay
15 December, 2017 12:06 pm

This leads onto a diffirent topic, that I don’t wanna start talking about, so I will say no more on this.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Kay
20 May, 2020 6:25 pm

Christian identity is false. Christianity is a semite religion. Give up that slave religious mentality and return to your European roots.

AryanZ
AryanZ
Reply to  Boston Duprey
1 August, 2019 3:42 pm

Spoken like the true brainwashed sheep that you are. It’s ONLY White people who are indoctrinated to believe that “we’re all equal” when that is the biggest lie/hoax ever perpetrated on a people. How on earth could you believe such nonsense? Are birds all “equal?” They all have two wings and fly, but how would you EVER compare a starling to an Eagle? Better yet, why don’t a starling and an Eagle breed? They’re all the same right? Don’t be ridiculous – convincing yourself that you’re “equal” to one who’s not evolved in the same conditions as yourself is ignorant and goes against nature. Nature ALWAYS wins – ALWAYS.

Marion
Marion
Reply to  AryanZ
4 February, 2020 12:34 am

That is of course misunderstood ., white people mean that all people are the same in having human and equal rights – we are all human beings.
We should and must keep our own identities and heritage – we must all have pride and respect.

Blenda Richter
Blenda Richter
Reply to  Boston Duprey
3 August, 2019 11:10 am

Boston Duprey. You might not be too interested in race but race and its persistent (((peddlers))) are very much interested in you and in your whole family.

Matthew
Matthew
Reply to  Boston Duprey
8 November, 2019 4:26 am

No, “Boston Duprey”.
We are not all equal.
Spoken like a true communist.

Every person is different, and the races are distinct and differ from one another. Or else, why would the different human races exist at all?

An excellent quotation I saw on this site yesterday- “Free men are not equal, and Equal men are not Free”.
To the Communists, Bolsheviks, and Jews (all the same thing) all people are equal, but only because they are all slaves to the Jew.
Remember Orwell’s Animal Farm?
“All animals are equal.But some animals are more equal than others”.

In truth, the only way any two men could ever be equal is if they were both dead.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Boston Duprey
20 May, 2020 6:24 pm

Christianity is a poison upon the European mind. Take your semitic desert religion, and ****** it. It has no place in European society.

Blenda Richter
Blenda Richter
28 October, 2016 12:16 pm

Someone is giddily hopping about in the Land of Unicorns, tipsy on Kool-Aid while humming Kumbaya..

JM/Iowa
JM/Iowa
Reply to  Blenda Richter
5 August, 2019 8:53 pm

At this time, better quality Whites can only hope that those Whites who have become “tipsy on Kool-Aid” don’t breed any more of their degenerate kind. It certainly would save us the trouble later on! When enough Whites finally get on board with Cosmotheism and the program of the National Alliance and create areas on this planet safe for us to raise our children apart from other races, we’ll need to be more pro-active than to rely on hope to keep them from reproducing. We have just begun building those institutions (from scratch) to do that, but your help is needed and I wonder if you can be counted on.

Tobias
Tobias
6 November, 2017 5:43 am

“This is hateful” from “Boston Duprey”: So easy to trigger the non-identarians! That comment is like a photo of the Dresden killing of thousands of civilians at the end of the Second Allied-Jewish war on Germany: it paints a thousand words. Tell me one thing: since when is a people and even a race NOT entitled to identify themselves according to their own choice and will? What gives YOU the right to decide that YOUR signification of others is absolute and also the only one to be allowed? If you had any common sense, you will have learned that tolerance of others is a prerequisite if you want them to tolerate you. If you had any desire for knowledge, you will have learned that according to International Law protocols, EVERY… Read more »

Louwrens
Louwrens
Reply to  Tobias
6 November, 2017 3:23 pm

Thank you Tobias, for a smart answer to Boston Duprey.

Inayat
Inayat
8 November, 2017 4:53 am

Iran is not true word .it is used i early 20th century by the raza shah pehlawi and the britain propegate it iran is not pure aryan people the zoroastrian in persia are pure aryan story of Great Ariana – Khorasan Tajik refers to a group of Farsi speaking people who are believed to be one of the pure and close descendents of the ancient Aryans. Their country was called Aryana Vajeh and the name “Taa-jyaan” from which came the word Tajik is mentioned in The Avesta. Once they were part of ancient vedic kindgoms of Bahlika, Gandharva, Kubha and Kamboja and many more spreading to Serat [Herat] , Shiraz, Balochistan & then North West India. The name “Khorasan” is derived from Middle Persian khor (meaning “sun”) and asan (or… Read more »

Truthweed
Truthweed
Reply to  Inayat
1 August, 2019 8:40 pm

Thank you Inayat!

You have a whole field of knowledge that is very unfamiliar to most people. Thank you for recording it.

Sethmoto101
Sethmoto101
18 November, 2017 12:27 pm

whew, what a tome up there! We are white. So there’s no confusion with jews who say they’re white, white gentile. We’re defined by our enemies anyway, at this point. Aryan gets complex, partially from meaning the root of most European languages but also Farsi (Iran) and Hindi (India) which are spoken by Asiatic groups. And complex when considering Mediterranean whites. Greeks, Italians from Sicily and Napoli, etc. might not agree with the label if they think it means Nordic, especially if they believe from some of the writings right on NV, that they have a non-European admixture. Avoid Aryan.

Yash Palas
Yash Palas
20 November, 2017 3:49 pm

Some points on your post are wrong. Pure aryan blood still thrives in india today. I know that is a fact, there are still pure blooded brahmin families of aryan descent. Also, I recommend reading this article in wikipedia for a better understanding:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan

Sethmoto101
Sethmoto101
Reply to  Yash Palas
16 December, 2017 1:21 am

My comment above was meant to simplify our position when facing off with non-whites. Aryan is a loaded word because of prior history. Whites are being discriminated against and replaced, regardless of its definition, past or present.

Aileen Anderson
Aileen Anderson
15 December, 2017 12:02 pm

What? Aryan is NOT the ‘proper’ name for your/our race. The proper name for people of the white race is ‘Caucasian.’ Aryans where, and are the sub-Caucasian people of north India and Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, and mabye some parts of the middle east. You cannot take the word Aryan just because it sounds nice and use it to refer to Caucasian people. You sound really pathetic.

Will Williams
Will Williams
Reply to  Aileen Anderson
15 December, 2017 5:04 pm

Miss Aileen, you’d probably find happiness among your own at a place like this rather than come into a room full of Aryans who oppose miscegenation and call them names. http://www.mixedconnect.com/

Blenda Richter
Blenda Richter
Reply to  Will Williams
16 December, 2017 12:13 pm

Thank you, Will Williams and moreover, Miss Aileen should thank you also for directing her to a place where she’ll feel more comfortable with people of her own whom she can identify with instead of trolling and browbeating White folks who are elatedly happy by being Aryan.

It would behoove you to love your kith and kin, Miss Aileen.

James Harting
James Harting
15 December, 2017 2:39 pm

By your own admission you are racially contaminated. You will never know what it is like to be a pure-blooded White person, so you have no agency to speak for those of us who are. You need to check your mixed-race privilege.

A wise man once wrote: “All those who are not of good race are chaff.”

Amy
Amy
18 March, 2018 12:39 am

Hey there, fully white here. So why not use the term Caucasian?

James Harting
James Harting
Reply to  Amy
18 March, 2018 1:35 pm

We call ourselves “Aryans,” because (as noted) it means “the noble ones,” and, historically, nobility of soul (or spirit) has been a distinguishing characteristic of our people.

As a practical matter, there is a need to distinguish between the European Caucasians – that is, Aryans – and the Middle Eastern Caucasians – Arabs and Jews.

Beyond that, if “Aryan” is indeed the correct name of our race, then that is the name we should use – whether or not our racial enemies demonize it.

dave c
dave c
Reply to  James Harting
2 August, 2019 8:00 pm

100% white European here… The problem with the word Aryan is that it has been defined so many times, with so many nuances and variations, that it is hard to assign an unequivocal meaning to it any more. It’s not as simple as racial enemies demonizing the term “Aryan”. The term is ancient, and has meant something different to various cultures/civilizations around the World for centuries, if not millenia, and when you attempt to define yourself to others (who may not necessarily be your enemies) you create much confusion. In fact, I think you got it wrong. Your comment implies that you believe that all Aryans are Caucasians, but not all Caucasians are Aryans. I’m pretty sure it’s the other way around. There are non-white Aryans (India, Iran, Pakistan, etc.)… Read more »

Hayk
Hayk
6 August, 2018 1:54 pm

Look at the charts of cavalli sforza! Iranians are paired the same as europeans

pakistani1414918
pakistani1414918
20 October, 2018 10:54 pm

This post is actually incorrect. “Aryan” was from the Sanskrit speaking Aryans who settled in the Indus Valley region of Pakistan.

From there they spread across east and assimilated many other non-Indo-Aryans.

Their descendants are the true Aryans. Europeans are subdivided into Germanic, Celtic and other races, not “Aryan” although Hitler popularized the word amongst European nationalists.

Pure Finno-Ugrics and not linguistic ones such as Finns and Estonians are still primarily of Baltic and Germanic stock, only their languages are Finno-Urgic. Laplanders are claimed to be up to half Finno-Ugric, the rest Baltic/Scandinavian.

Will Williams
Will Williams
Reply to  pakistani1414918
21 October, 2018 9:46 am

PAKISTANI1414918: …“Aryan” was from the Sanskrit speaking Aryans who settled in the Indus Valley region of Pakistan… Their descendants are the true Aryans.

You Pakistani “Aryans” are from a different tribe altogether from our European Aryan tribe. We know who we are and we know within three seconds who you are as soon as we look in your face. We know you can’t make White babies. No offense, just fact. You belong with your tribe, not in our living space.

“…[R]reclaim both our racial identity as Aryans – and the word ‘Aryan’ itself.” -James Harting

Sethmoto101
Sethmoto101
Reply to  Will Williams
22 October, 2018 12:43 pm

Paki is half-right in your quote of him. The part after the second … is incorrect. All of these posts is why I said that Aryan is not a term whites should use to describe themselves if they want to avoid *needless* debate . Everyone can see that pakis are non-white – end of debate. But bring Aryan in and you get this feedback. We know that “Whites”, when used by jews and gov’t officials, erroneously includes jews, arabs and latinos of questionable ethnicity, but that is the misuse of the term by those groups and no necessity for relabeling ourselves the way negroids have, from negro to black to african American.

Scythian saxon
Scythian saxon
Reply to  Will Williams
3 November, 2018 8:32 pm

That does not include iranians tho look at the charts of cavalli sforza put up by your colleague kevin. Iranians were also immune to nuremberg laws. Racially we are closest to italians and greeks closely followed by anglo saxons. We are of european descent. We are pure caucasian aryans. My family are from the north west so the furthest away from semite land. Jews and arabs are mongrels. One half european the other half asian and bantu african

Travon Martinberg
Travon Martinberg
Reply to  Will Williams
22 January, 2019 10:28 am

When an adult negroid mob can publicly threaten white kids with “little crackers” whose “time is coming” for wearing harmless caps, in viral videos, and not face media backlash or justifiable arrest, who-is-what is obvious and not an issue. One good thing about the PC era is that the enemies of white people are embolded into making public threats and hatefilled comments that will come back to burn them when, like Soviet communism, it collapses under its hypocrisy.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 August, 2019 11:35 am

The fact that most white people would look at you blankly if you said,”Yeah, just the other day a bunch of Aryan youths were killed in a bus crash down in Miami….” is reason enough not to use the word in lieu of “white” — ever. Because being understood by those we wish to reach is far more important than using any esoteric word like Aryan simply because it sounds “fancy”. That’s why (among other things) I never use it, and never will.

Straight-forward English is best.

KaD
KaD
7 November, 2019 6:24 pm

I’d be interested to see the citations for where the author got this information.

James Harting
James Harting
Reply to  KaD
7 November, 2019 7:51 pm

This was a blog entry that I wrote for Stormfront; it is not an academic treatise.

However, if you tell me what citations you are interested in specifically, I will look them up for you.

In the meantime, I refer you to Indo-European Origins: The Anthropological Evidence by John V. Day, Institute for the Study of Man, Washington, DC, 2001, and The Indo-Europeans by Jean Haudry, Scott-Townsend Publishers, Washington, DC (n.d., but around 2002).

No Name
No Name
4 March, 2020 2:32 pm

Seems kind of obvious when you think about it. We have Asians, Africans, Arabs, and then…White people? No, Asians, Africans, Arabs, and Aryans. That loosely describes the 4 DIFFERENT racial groups. Of course, it’s more in depth than that but in general terms peoples can be grouped as descending from/belonging to ONE of these major groups.

Eddie A
Eddie A
6 March, 2020 9:40 am

Thank you. I will start using this everywhere. I’m constantly filling out forms that offer me “Caucasian” as a Race. In the future I’ll select “Other” and enter “Aryan”…

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
Reply to  Eddie A
6 March, 2020 3:37 pm

Eddie: That’s what I did the last time I filled out a census form. Some folks may prefer to keep a lower profile vis-a-vis Uncle Sam, but my attitude is that if they insist on counting me, they’re going to do it on my terms!

William White Williams • Chairman, National Alliance
William White Williams • Chairman, National Alliance
Reply to  Martin Kerr
9 March, 2020 8:49 pm

Good one, Martin. More should do this. I will next time. Last time I caught my census-taker in my driveway doing something I thought suspicious. I confronted her and found she was recording GPS coordinates. I objected: “That’s not counting noses!” What might that be used for by the feds, a future drone strike? ;o} I received a GOP survey form in the mail last week, wanting my opinion on various political issues — probably because I’m still registered as a Republican from 2007-08 when I was my county’s chairman for the Ron Paul for President campaign. The first part multiple choice statement is Do you generally identify yourself as a: [ } Conservative Republican [ ] Independent Voter who leans Republican [ ] Moderate Republican [ ] Liberal Republican… Read more »

William White Williams • Chairman, National Alliance
William White Williams • Chairman, National Alliance
11 March, 2020 3:03 pm

fsf: I am white and don’t see why having mixed people be even remotely a problem. — I see more and more comments here at NationalVanguard.org from anonymous commentators, claiming to be White, or Aryan, or whatever, who don’t have a clue what the National Alliance, the sponsor of this online magazine and comment section is about. NA is against miscegenation, particularly the mixing of Whites with non-Whites. fsf does not belong anywhere near the National Alliance. fsf is ineligible for Alliance membership because fsf admits that she/he does not support the program of the National Alliance. fsf doesn’t care a whit about preserving the precious White/Aryan gene pool, which is what the Alliance and this site are all about. Those eligible Whites reading this who agree with the Alliance’… Read more »

Chris
Chris
20 May, 2020 6:22 pm

I’m going to have to disagree. This term comes from orientalist (((whites))) who believed our people essentially began with the indo-europeans, the people who brought the vedas to India, the “aryans.” Not all Europeans went to India. Many remained. The indo-europeans mixed themselves out of existence. We are not their descendants. Nobody here has “indo-” ancestry. If you are white and alive today, with no admixture, you are European, solely. This “indo” fixation comes from people who have forgotten what our European mythology is actually about, and were seeking for meaning and understanding solely because some words have etymological connections. But this is an incomplete venture that doesn’t take into account, or completely ignore, the vast culture differences from the rest of greater indian society and european. We are nothing… Read more »

Hadding
Hadding
22 May, 2020 3:13 am

Aryan is first and foremost the name of a family of languages, which happened to be spoken by a particular group of Nordic White people who conquered Europe and much of Asia. DNA shows that modern Europeans descend mostly from the pre-Aryan populations.

I think that the idea of an Aryan race comes from the 19th century. H.S. Chamberlain as early as 1895 was already saying that the idea of an Aryan race was problematic.

German racial science of the 20th century did not recognize Aryan as a race, but National-Socialist Germany used the word Aryan as a convenient way to designate White, non-Jewish persons.

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
Reply to  Hadding
22 May, 2020 4:31 pm

The term “Aryan” was originally an ethnonym used by our ancestors to denote their people (or folk). It was only much later used to describe the language family spoken by these ancestors. The use of “Aryan” as a racial or ethnic name has absolute precedence over its use as a linguistic term.

It was Adolf Hitler who brought the term to prominence among the National Socialists of his day. (Alfred Rosenberg, for example, preferred the term “Nordic” to describe the racial core of the Germanic peoples.) Hitler was wrong about nothing (or very little) and he was right about this.

Will W Williams
Will W Williams
Reply to  Martin Kerr
22 May, 2020 11:14 pm

Martin, it’s nice seeing NS experts like you and Hadding weighing in on the word Aryan. That Aryan means “noble, high born and aristocrat” is good enough for me. I found this interesting entry at a site for naming babies: https://ohbabynames.com/all-baby-names/aryan/ — Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Aryan Aryan is a name that ultimately comes from Sanskrit (ārya) meaning “noble, high-born”… [Things go downhill from here, especially the part that’s highlighted.] …From an English-speaking perspective, Aryan refers to the race of people belonging to the Indo-European ethnic and language groups. This essentially includes Albanian, Armenian, Celtic, Germanic, Greek (Hellenic), Indo-Iranian (including Indians), Italian/Latin (Italic) and Slavic (including Baltic). The term Aryan has basically been replaced with terms like Indo-European or Indo-Iranian, but for all intents and purposes… Read more »

Hadding
Hadding
Reply to  Will W Williams
23 May, 2020 4:40 pm

There is more than one proposed explanation for the original meaning of Aryan. One explanation is that it is related to the Latin verb arare, to plow. The Aryans then were the tillers of the soil. After such people conquered others, the term could then come to mean noble.

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
Reply to  Hadding
23 May, 2020 7:58 pm

This is very unikely. The early Aryans (for example, the Yamnaya) were primarily horse-riding pastoralists, who only practiced agriculture (horticulture, really) in a minor and incidental manner. It was the peoples whom they conquered, both in Europe and Asia, who were tillers of the soil. The early Aryans were characterized by warrior cuture, not vegetable gardens.

Hadding
Hadding
Reply to  Martin Kerr
23 May, 2020 11:06 pm

I got it from an old unabridged dictionary.

It is pretty certain that noble is not the original meaning of Aryan. You say that in Proto-Indo-European aryo meant white, which means that it then acquired other meanings: its connotations became denotations.

Similarly our English word candid, meaning honest, comes from a Latin word meaning white.

Hadding
Hadding
Reply to  Will W Williams
23 May, 2020 5:03 pm

The German racial scientists of the early 20th century did not use Aryan as a racial term at all. It was not exactly a racial term with the National-Socialists either, insofar as they distinguished between race and folk. In this chapter about race from Hansjoerg Maennel’s Politische Fibel, you will notice that the word Aryan does not even appear. http://national-socialist-worldview.blogspot.com/2009/12/basic-doctrine-of-nsdap-regarding-jews.html Hitler said a few things in Mein Kampf that ended up not being official doctrine of the NSDAP. He calls the Jews a race, but according to official doctrine of the NSDAP a few years later the Jews were a folk consisting of a mixture of several races. He also sometimes referred to a Germanic race, which was also not a category that racial scientists of the early 20th century… Read more »

Hadding
Hadding
Reply to  Martin Kerr
23 May, 2020 4:37 pm

I am not aware that any ancient Europeans ever called themselves Aryans. This was a name used by the conquerors of India. As applied more broadly by scholars before 1945, it is a linguistic classification.

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
Reply to  Hadding
23 May, 2020 7:35 pm

You may recall that the first opponent that Julius Caesar faced in Gaul was the German king Ariovistus, whose name is most surely a cognate with “Aryan,” as is the Celtic given name Ariomanus. And, as I mention in my short essay, Ireland means “Land of the Aryans” in the same manner the Iran does. The citation above from Herodotus shows that the ancient Hellenes were familiar with “Aryan” as an ethnonym. But do not take my word for it. Here is a passage from page 37 of John V. Day’s Indo-European Origins: The Anthropological Evidence (Institute for the Study of Man, Washington, DC, 2001, ISBN 0-941694-75-5): “To begin with the alleged PIE ethnonym *aryo, Baissac (1867: 3, 6) and Ploix (1884: 731) accept its existence and derive from it… Read more »

Hadding
Hadding
Reply to  Martin Kerr
23 May, 2020 10:58 pm

It is uncontroversial that Eire and Armenia are related to the word Aryan. As to the Ar- in Ariovistus and Armnius, I think that this is simply speculation. But none of this proves what Aryan originally meant. If aryo in Proto-Indo-European meant white then why not simply say White? When you say the Aryans, you are not simply talking about White people in general. You are talking about a particular group of White people who had chariots and conquered far and wide. To the extent that scholars ever used the word Aryan to refer to a group of people rather than a group of languages, it referred to that specific group. Most of our ancestry is not from those people. In Germany the Cro-Magnon element remaining from the Old Stone… Read more »

geo
geo
22 May, 2020 7:15 am

All “white” people come from the same place: “somewhere in Southeastern Europe (perhaps in the Danube basin)”, where was no water where today is land…