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Soraya Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The Persian name Soraya is of Hebrew and Persian origin.

The meaning of Soraya is "princess".  

It is also of Arabic origin, where its meaning is "bright starlight - the Pleiades, a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 1336  in baby name popularity for girls with 175 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Soraya Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Soraya has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Soraya to other names.


The bright star cluster known as the Pleiades in Greek and English, is referred to in Arabic, as al-Thurayya.

The Pleiades, is a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus.

It is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the brightest and most obvious in the night sky. In the Northern Hemisphere is is most visible in winter, and in the Sourthern Hemisphere in summer.

Due to its easy visibility with the naked eye, it has from Biblical times onwards been referenced in the literature and folklore of an extensive number of cultures.

Please see The Pleiades in Folklore and Literature for further information.

The word was borrowed and used as a female Arabic name thereby meaning "bright starlight - the Pleiades, a group of seven stars in the constellation Taurus".

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Related Names

Soraya is a Persian form of the name Sarah.

Soraya is a variant spelling of Thurayya.

Variants of the name Soraya include Soriah, Suraya, Surayya.

The name Soraia is a form of Soraya.

Other Tidbits

Soraya falls into the name categories celestial, royal title.

Name Fun

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Just for fun, see the name Soraya in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.