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What does Raya mean?

Raya Pronunciation of 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.


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

(male) Raby, Rail, ..

Middle name pairings:
Raya Estella (R.E.), ..

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)

Raya was first listed in 2003 and reached its peak rank of #1214 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. The only other prominent alternative form of Raya (#1214 from recent data) is Raina (#924 from recent data). Adoption of these relations of Raya was well-received among parents 4 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.

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