Raya Name Meaning & Origin

Raya

Pronunciation: RAY-ə (key)

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Comments and insights on the name Raya: | Edit

Raya and Yara are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Raya: | Edit

The way I pronounce my name may be different from a lot of people's instincts, and it's different from the pronunciation given here. Other people I've known named Raya do pronounce it RAY-ah, but I don't. I've tried explaining, "It rhymes with Jeremiah, not with Isaiah." I've tried "Maya, but with an R," "Mariah without the ma," "Ryan without the n," and "like saying rye bread," but I still have people who have known me for years continue to call me RAY-ah. I wouldn't have thought a four-letter name would be so difficult, but if there is any drawback to this name, I'd say that's it.

I've heard it pronounced like the above poster. "Rye-ah"

Nicknames for Raya: | Edit

Rae, Raye, Rae-Rae, Raya Sunshine, Raya Hope

Meanings and history of the name Raya: | Edit

Hebrew "friend". Arabic means thought and Bulgarian means heaven

Famous real-life people named Raya: | Edit

Raya Yarbrough, singer of the theme from Battlestar Galactica

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