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Where did the Spanish Araya family come from? What is the Spanish Araya family crest and coat of arms? When did the Araya family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Araya family history?

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.


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

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.


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.


Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Araya Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • 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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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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