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What does Raya mean?

Raya \ra-ya\ as a girls' name is pronounced RAY-ah. It is of Israeli origin, and the meaning of Raya is "friend".

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Raina.


Raya is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent surname for all people (#5653 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

The only prominent alternative form of Raya (#unlisted) is Raina (#960 last year). Adoption of these girl names reached its peak in the year 2011 (usage of 0.262%) and is now much lower (usage 0.04%, down 84.7%), with Raina becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Raya and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Raina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raya and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Raya is pronounced similarly to Rae, Ray, Raye, Rea, Reya, Rhaya, Rhea, Rhia, Ria, Roya and Rye. Other recommended similar baby names are Daya, Haya, Jaya, Kaya, Maya, Rafa, Raja, Rama, Rana, Rasya, Rayla, Rayma, Rayna and Taya. These names tend to be more commonly used than Raya.