Araya History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Araya family

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.

Early History of the Araya family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Araya research. Another 93 words (7 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.

Araya Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Araya family (pre 1700)

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United States Araya migration to the United States +

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 [1]

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
  • Juan Araya Escón (b. 1862), Chilean politician


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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