Arabic, Astronomy, Female, Japanese, Male, Physical Attributes, S names, Sky/Heavens, Stars/Constellation, Sun, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Soraya is the Persian form of Thurayya, an Arabic female name used to refer to the “Pleiades”, a bright cluster of seven stars that are able to be seen with the naked eye. In Greek mythology, the Pleiades are named for the seven daughters of Pleione, a sea-nymph, and the Titan AtlasThurayya also means “chandelier” as well as meaning “a high place in the sky” as well as also possibly related to an Arabic word, ṯariyy ثري meaning “wealthy, rich, fat (as in fertile)”. Soraya also seems to be very popular among Spanish speakers.

Soraya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • sora 空 “sky; empty, hollow, void” + ya 也 “to be” (空也);
  • sora 天 “heavens; sky” + ya 陽 “sun; yang (contrast to yin); positive; male” (天陽);
  • sora 空 “sky; empty, hollow, void” + ya 哉 “how; what; alas; question mark” (空哉);

It’s likely that there are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s そらや.

Origin: Arabic, Japanese



  • Sorayya (Arabic, Persian)
  • Suraya (Arabic)
  • Surayya (Arabic)
  • Thurayya (Arabic)
  • Thuraya (Arabic)
  • Soraia (Portuguese)
  • Süreyya (Turkish)
  • Surayo (Tajikistan)


Soraya- ثریا (Persian)

Suraya- سريا (Persian)

Thurayya, Thuayyah- ثريّة, ثريّا (Arabic)


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