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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.
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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Arraya, Araya, Araja, Arrayo, Arrayas and others.
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.
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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Araya Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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.
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