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Soraya (Persian: ثریا) is a feminine Persian name. It is derived from the Arabic name for the Pleiades star cluster, Thurayya (Arabic: ثريّة). The name is also popular in Europe due to its association with Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, who became a European socialite.
For phonological reasons, it is usually transcribed as Suraya in Afghanistan and Surayo in Tajikistan.
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