What does Raya mean?
Raya /raya/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced RAY-ah. It is of Israeli origin, and the meaning of Raya is "friend".
Related girl name: Raina.
VariationsKreatif forms: Riaya, Ruya. [more]
How popular is Raya?
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 (not in Top 1000) is Raina (#960 last year). Adoption of this girl name reached its peak in the year 2011 (usage of 0.262%) and is now much lower (usage 0.04%, 84.7% less), with Raina becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Raya and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.