The name Alaya is a girl's name meaning "dwelling, abode". Alaya is ranked #661 on our popularity charts and is often added to user-created lists like All Names - Emily and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
From the experts:
Alaya has connections as a Buddhist term, and it could be a creative coinage, based on similarities to names like Alayna and Layla. In Buddhism, Alaya refers to the base consciousness—all of our memories, ideas, and desires. It's a lofty concept, and an attractive name, slowly on the rise since entering the US Top 1000 in 2009.