What does Soraya mean?
Soraya /so-raya/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity of Soraya for girls. Soraya has not made it into the list so far. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)