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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. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. 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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