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
(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)
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)
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.
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.