Gender: Female Meaning of Soraya: "jewel" Origin of Soraya: Persian

Soraya Origin and Meaning

The name Soraya is a girl's name of Persian origin meaning "jewel".

Soraya is an exotic name made famous in the Western world by the one-time empress of Iran, who settled in Europe, primarily in France. Soraya is a relative of Sarah and sisters Sarai, Zahara, Zara, and so on.

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Lila Says:


I like this name. Sounds like a princess. Raya would be a cute nickname.

KaiLun Says:


I think Soraya with the nickname Sora is pretty. Like a jewel in the sky.

KaiLun Says:


Haha, I was just thinking the other day that Chlamydia would be a pretty name if it wasn't a disease!

Starelli Says:


I first heard of this name in the Heartland series. I've liked it ever since.

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headintheclouds Says:


Pretty, powerful and impactful name. This is the name of one of my close friends, and I've always said that her name reminds me of the sun :)

DrVlasic Says:


I've heard it pronounced both ways. I love the name, but unfortunately, in my world, if it's pronounced "So-RYE-uh," it's too close to "psoriasis." Why must people name diseases such phonetically pleasing things?? Hopefully, not many other people would think of this first.

soraya Says:


hi I am Soraya and I say it so-RAY-a

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Alicia1 Says:


How would you say this name?