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.
VariationsKreatif forms: Raeya, Riaya. [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. Demographics)
The only prominent alternative form of Raya (not in Top 1000) is Raina (#960 from recent data). Adoption of this relation of Raya was well-received among parents in the year 2011 (#738) and is somewhat less today (#960, 84.7% less), with Raina becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Raya and corresponding names. (Top Birth Names, 2014)
Raya is pronounced similarly to Rae▼, Ray▼, Raye, Rea, Ree, Rei, Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhea▼, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other recommended similar baby names are Daya, Haya, Jaya, Kaya▼, Lalya, Maya▲, Moya, Mya▲, Nadya, Rafa, Raja, Rama, Rana, Rasya, Ravyn, Rayla, Rayma, Rayna, Razi, Rena▼, Reyba, Reyna▲, Talya, Tanya▼ and Taya▼. These names tend to be more commonly used than Raya.