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I had a friend in college with this name she was from Puerto Rico. It's a very exotic name but very beautiful.
Today1  8/6/2006
Soraya is the name of the female lead in Hilari Bell's Farsala Trilogy.
Kelpie  1/11/2007
In Persian it means "princess".
Dravinus  10/17/2007
It's so pretty! I didn't know it was a real name though. I thought Hilari Bell made it up.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2008
I like this name because it is a good girl name, easy to pronounce and it is sweet, elegant, smart and sexy at the same time. :)
― Anonymous User  7/5/2008
This name is also used in Spanish as a variant of "Zoraida". I met a beautiful little girl in Honduras named Soraya ("so-RIE-a").
― Anonymous User  8/21/2008
Soraya Taheri is the wife of Amir in the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossini.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2008
It is actually Iranian.
Pyxxis  12/4/2008
The name Soraya is not only a very ancient Persian name, but can be traced to other ancient civilizations, and it most certainly does not mean princess. It means "The Pleiades" (a group of stars within The Constellation of Orion). Some Arabs simplify the meaning as "a very bright light".
― Anonymous User  1/31/2009
A famous bearer of this name is the talented Colombian singer Soraya, who sadly lost her battle with breast cancer.
Jeidy_mn  3/23/2009
I'm sorry, but this Soraya reminds me of psoriasis.
erb816  4/14/2009
There is a movie called "The Stoning of Soraya M". I liked the name before, but after seeing that movie I can't use it. The movie creeped me out. :P
Frozten  11/2/2009
I love this name, it's really beautiful, and that movie is my favorite, so I love it even more now that I know a story behind the name.
--allison--  12/15/2010
My name is Soraya, and I pronounce it sor-ie-ah (so it rhymes with fire).
I'm part Iranian/Persian, and was named after the Shah of Persia's first wife. :)
I was also told it was originally named after a constellation of stars too.
silly_soraya  5/5/2011
The name Soraya has also been used in Spain since 1950. Its usage was inspired by Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari (1932-2001), Queen Consort of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. She was always known in Spanish as Princess Soraya (Princess Soraya), but never as Queen or Empress Soraya (as she sometimes was in English). According to the user Lumia on the Name Facts Board "She was very popular in Spain because of the gossip press (which is very influential in some Spanish social classes), not only because of her story but because she was a regular visitor to Marbella [a city in Málaga, Spain]". Princess Soraya was born to an Iranian father and a German mother. She married the Shah in 1950 but had to divorce him in 1958 because she was infertile. She later moved to Europe and became an actress and socialite. She was quite famous in Europe at the time.

"The INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística) doesn't offer the possibility of detailed searches by name or other information that the 50 first names for every decade in the 20th c. (or the 100 first for the last five or six years), so I can't assure that Soraya was completely unknown before Princess Soraya and Shah's wedding. But, since the IDESCAT (Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya) has more detailed data, it is possible to extrapolate the Catalan results for the whole state".

"Before 1950, Soraya was completely unknown and between 1950 and 1959 it was very seldom used (4 or less times in Catalonia). The use of the name appeared in the 60s (#618, 47 times) and grew in the 70s (#208, 324 times), being only remarkable in the 80s (#96, 737 times), coinciding with her time as socialite. In the 90s and from 2000 to 2007, the name declined (#112, 402 times and #133, 222 times) as did her appearances in the gossip press". [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/2/2012
I have a cousin with this name. She's part Iranian. I like the way her name sounds.
Lolth  4/16/2013
The name Soraya was given to 198 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I like this name... but I always remember the film "Soraya". And it makes me sad.. :|
farnoosh  8/3/2013
My name is also Soraya. Was told it also means a flame of fire at the door of a home, brings in wealth, prosperity, a beautiful chandelier, hangs very bright in a home. I was also named after the Princess Soraya who was married to a Shah. I'm very proud to have such a name, especially that it is Persian. I'm Latina and my family is from Spain and Colombia. I saw the movie "Stoning of Soraya M" it was sad but it showed me some things about true stories similar to that movie, so now I pray for issues such as this.
His favored  7/21/2014
The name is beautiful, I agree, but I'll never look at it the same way because of a nasty teacher.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2015
I just wonder IF Soraya is the same as Seraya in Hebrew?
― Anonymous User  8/8/2015
Soraya Moraes is a Brazilian gospel singer.

Moraes was born in São Paulo and sang in church as a child. Her professional career began in a band called Metanoya in 1992; their debut album, Guerra, was released in 1993. In 1998, she signed with Gospel Records as a solo artist, and her debut, Pensando em Deus, was released in 1999. Her 2004 release Deixa o Teu Rio Me Levar was awarded a Latin Grammy in 2005 for best Portuguese language Christian album. She also won four Troféu Talento awards.
lilolaf  1/18/2017
Soraya Arnelas better known by her stage name Soraya, is a Spanish singer. Soraya represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia with the song "La noche es para mí" finishing 23rd with 23 points.
lilolaf  1/18/2017
Soraya Tarzi, known mostly as Queen Soraya, was the Queen consort of Afghanistan in the early 20th century and the wife of King Amanullah Khan. Born in Syria, she was educated by her father, who was the Afghan leader and intellectual Sardar Mahmud Tarzi. She belonged to the Mohammadzai Pashtun tribe, a powerful sub-tribe of the Barakzai dynasty.
cutenose  7/18/2017
Princess Soraya of Iran was Shahbanu of Iran, the second wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and an actress.
cutenose  7/18/2017

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