Gender: Female Meaning of Raya: "friend" Origin of Raya: Hebrew

Raya Origin and Meaning

The name Raya is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "friend".

More unusual alternative to Maya.

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Pop Culture References for the name Raya

Raea, Raia


AuthorOliviaRya Says:


Really love the name Raya...she's so rare and beautiful!! Worried that the Disney movie might ruin it's rarity and we'll see a pop of Raya's though

Eliane Says:


Raya or Raja is also a Slavic name that's pronounced like Maya and its meaning is from the word рай which means paradise or heaven.

phunkyvida Says:


Reia means 'counsel' in Old German and in Salvic means it means 'happy'. It also brings to mind Rhea one of the Titans from Greek Mythology. I thought "Reina" was the Spanish word for queen.

funnybunny771 Says:


My cousin is called Reia, pronounced RAY-uh, but it's not on here. It's a Spanish name meaning queen.

Abby Says:


I have a good friend named this. She pronounces it rhyming with Maya.

Diana Says:


I named my daughter Raya, and we pronounce it that way (RAY-uh). We picked it as an alternative to Raina. She's 1.5 now and we love the name!

Zelliew Says:


That's really nice. I also like Raina

ashbee Says:


My grandma's cousin is named Raisa, and her nn is Raya. She's from Russia, and I believe it's a very traditional name there. :)

Saffron_Rice Says:


I know a Raya from Eastern Europe - I like it. She pronounces it Ray-uh and in her case it is for Raissa

TaliaCat Says:


I would not pronounce this name to rhyme with Maya... I think it should be pronounced "RAY-uh" to bring images of sunshine.

laurelrobyn Says:


I think this name is lovely and a fresh alternative to Maya. However, it seems to be trendy to rhyme names nowadays so it might fall down the same hole Aiden, Jayden, and Hayden did. Maya, Kaia, Raya. I like it pronounced "RAY-ah" better than "RYE-ah", anyways.