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Gender: Female Pronunciation: KH-EYE-ah Meaning of Chaya: "life" Origin of Chaya: Hebrew, feminine version of Chayyim meaning "life" Chaya's Popularity in 2017: #695

The name Chaya is a girl's name of Hebrew, Yiddish origin meaning "life". Chaya is ranked #695 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girl Names That Mean Life and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

A life-affirming choice—just beware pronunciation issues among the goyim in your neighborhood.

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Famous People Named Chaya

Chaya "Helena" Rubinstein, Polish-American cosmetics magnate
Chaya Pinkhasovna "Clarice" Lispector, Brazilian novelist
Chaya Czernowin, Israeli composer

Pop Culture References for the name Chaya

Chaya Silberschmidt, character in movie "Left Luggage"

Chaylee, Chaike, Chayra, Chayka, Chaylea, Chaylah, Chaye, Chayla, Chaylene


snowsbeloved Says:


Still crazy about this name...15 or so years later. Not Jewish but I'll always love this name.

rie Says:


Oh, thanks. :)

Cayleen Says:


It's my hebrew first name. My full hebrew name is Chaya Malka (queen of life)

clairels Says:


Neither. It's Hebrew, so it's pronounced Hhhai-uh, like Hhhanukkah.

Myosotis Says:


The girl I know called Chaya says Chai-uh.

rie Says:


How is this pronounced, Chay-uh or Chai-uh?