The noble Spanish family name Araja is classified as being of habitation origin, as it is derived from either the location of the place of residence of the initial bearer or from the name of the town or village from whence he hailed. The etymology of this name lies in the Basque
term "araia," meaning "flowing valley." Therefore the surname Araja was adopted by those who lived in the town or village of Arraya situated, most likely, in a valley.
Early Origins of the Araja family
The surname Araja was first found in the town of Arraya in the province of Alava, Basque
Country. Early records also include a branch of the Araja family whose ancestral seat was located in Ribera de Oveja in the province of Caceres.
Early History of the Araja family
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Araja Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Arraya, Araya, Araja, Arrayo, Arrayas and others.
Early Notables of the Araja family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Araja family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maria De Araya who settled in New Spain
in 1568; and Jose Araya who arrived in San Francisco in 1851.