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
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.
The surname Araya was first found in the town of Arraya in the province of Alava,
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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