What does Soraya mean?
Soraya [so-raya] as a girls' name is pronounced sor-RYE-ah. It is of Persian and Arabic origin, and the meaning of Soraya is "gem, jewel". From Thurayya. Name of the Pleiades star cluster (see Pleiade). In Greek mythology they are the Seven Sisters, daughters of Atlas. In Japanese the name is known as Subaru, the name of the car manufacturer. Soraya is also sometimes used to describe a chandelier. Queen Soraya was the second wife of the last Shah of Iran.
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How popular is Soraya?
Soraya is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2769 out of 4276, Top 65%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name statistics of Soraya for girls. Soraya was first listed in 1996 and reached its highest position of #1077 in the U.S. in 2006, and is at #1230 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Soraya is pronounced similarly to Sara▼, Sarah▼, Sarai▲, Saraia, Sarha, Saria, Sarra, Seara, Sera, Serah, Siara, Siria, Syria, Zarya, Zora▼, Zorah, Zoraya and Zorya. Other recommended names are Amaya▲, Arya▲, Brya, Darya, Fraya, Freya▲, Gloreya, Glorya, Inaya, Maraya, Maya▲, Moraia, Orya, Sacoya, Safiya, Sahara, Samala, Sana, Sarika, Savana▼, Semara, Serach, Serena, Serina, Shana▼, Shara, Sharaia, Sharana, Sharay, Sharaya, Sharayah, Sharaye, Shaya, Shayna▼, Sheraa, Sheray, Sheraya, Silkya, Sirena, Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Solana, Sondra▼, Sondya, Sonoma, Sonora, Sonya▼, Sophia▲, Sorcha, Sorrel, Stasya, Syrena, Treya, Uriya, Zorana and Zoya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Soraya.See names in meaning and etymology.