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Meaning and Name Origin

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 information, see also the related girl name Raina.


Raya is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent surname for all people (#8255 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Raya and corresponding names. The only prominent alternative form of Raya (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 is Raina (#960 last year). Adoption of this girl name reached its peak in 2011 and is now much lower, with the version Raina becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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.