Araya Family History
Araya Name Meaning
Basque and Catalan: Castilianized form of a habitational name from any of numerous places called Araia for example in Araba/Álava and Castellón provinces (Spain). Ethiopian: from the personal name Araya meaning ‘example’ in the Amharic language. — Note: Since Ethiopians do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Japanese: written 荒谷 ‘wild valley’ or 新谷 ‘new valley’. It is found in eastern Japan; pronounced Aratani or Shintani in western Japan. Neither version is particularly common.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022