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What does Raya mean?

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

Related girl name: Raina.

Associated with: israeli


Kreatif forms:
(female) Raba, Rala, ..

(male) Raby, Rayaby, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Raya for girls. Raya was first listed in 2003 and reached its peak rank of #1216 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is presently at #1246. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raya name in U.S.

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

The only other prominent alternative form of Raya (#1246 from recent data) is Raina (#960 from recent data). Adoption of these relations of Raya was well-received among parents 3 years ago (average #997) and is almost as conventional today. Raina is the firm favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raya, 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, Ree, Rei, Rey, Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhea, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other recommended names are Aalya, Alaya, Alya, Anya, Asya, Danya, Darya, Dasya, Datya, Daya, Fanya, Haya, Jaya, Kaya, Lalya, Maiya, Manya, Maya, Miya, Moya, Mya, Nadya, Nya, Panya, Rafa, Raja, Rama, Rana, Ranae, Ranna, Rasya, Ravyn, Rayann, Rayla, Rayma, Rayna, Rayne, Razi, Razia, Rena, Reyba, Reyna, Rhyan, Riayn, Rica, Rina, Riva, Roza, Rupa, Ruza, Ryana, Samya, Shaya, Talya, Tanya, Tasya and Taya. These names tend to be more commonly used than Raya.