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Araya Name Meaning

Castilianized form of Basque and Catalan Araia, a habitational name from any of various places called Araia, for example in Araba, Basque Country, and Catelló de la Plana, Valencia. Spanish: habitational name from any of the places called Araya, as for example the one in Canary Islands. Japanese: meaning ‘wild valley’ or ‘new valley’; found in eastern Japan and pronounced Aratani in western Japan. Neither version is particularly common.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Arata, Amaya, Anaya, Rada, Arana, Arauz, Araki, Aranda, Raya, Ariza

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You can see how Araya families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Araya family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Araya families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Araya family living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded Araya's in the USA. California had the highest population of Araya families in 1880.
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What did your Araya ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Araya. 75% of Araya men worked as a Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    75%
  • Seaman
    25%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Araya. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 114 military records available for the last name Araya. For the veterans among your Araya ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Araya lifespan?

Between 1967 and 2004, in the United States, Araya life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Araya in 1967 was 69, and 85 in 2004.

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