Meaning and name origin
Soraya \s(o)-ra-ya\ as a girl's 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.
Soraya is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2769 out of 4276, Top 65%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Soraya for girls (2014 statistics).