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The noble Spanish family name Araya 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 Araya was adopted by those who lived in the town or village of Arraya situated, most likely, in a valley.

Araya Early Origins



The surname Araya was first found in the town of Arraya in the province of Alava, Basque Country. Early records also include a branch of the Araya family whose ancestral seat was located in Ribera de Oveja in the province of Caceres.

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Araya Spelling Variations


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Araya Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Arraya, Araya, Araja, Arrayo, Arrayas and others.

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Araya Early History


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Araya Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Araya research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 184 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Araya History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Araya Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Araya Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Araya Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Araya Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Araya, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Araya (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Araya (post 1700)



  • Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz (b. 1961), Chilean-born, American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer
  • Johnny Francisco Araya Monge (b. 1957), Costa Rican politician, Co-President of the United Cities and Local Governments (2010-2013)
  • Zeudi Araya (b. 1951), Eritrean-Italian actress and film producer
  • Edward Araya (b. 1986), Chilean race walker who competed in the 50 kilometres walk event at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Gugsa Araya Selassie (1885-1932), Army Commander and a member of the royal family of the Ethiopian Empire
  • Pedro Damián Araya Toro (b. 1942), Chilean retired footballer
  • Carlomagno Araya (b. 1897), Costa Rican poet

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    9. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Araya Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Araya Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 December 2015 at 22:35.

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