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Type Surname (from location)
Type Surname (from nickname & from occupation)
Either a topographic name from Sicilian raia ‘smilax’ (a climbing shrub), or else derived from Sicilian raja meaning ‘ray’, or ‘skate’ (the fish), presumably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish or a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller.
Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsRia, Riah, Raiah, Raya, Rayah, etc.
Derived from Arabic رياح (rayah) meaning ‘flag’.