The origin of this name is still today quite uncertain. The theories include: 1) From the Hebrew “'ărı̂ydâthâ'”, meaning “the lion of the decree”. It is a male name contained in the Bible (a son of Haman: Esther 9:8). The name, however, seems to be of Old Persian origin. 2) Other scholars believe that the name derives from an ancient Hebrew word meaning “bronze, strong metal, marker, stake”. 3) From the Hebrew “Ardath”, meaning “bloomering meadow, flowering field, bloomering field”. Ardath is the name of a Jew prophet briefly mentioned in the Old Testament Apocrypha. The name could be connected to Akkadian “ardatû”, meaning "maiden". A literary bearer was American author Ardath Mayhar (1930–2012).