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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Saya mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Saya

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  • A user from Washington, United States says the name Saya means "It may mean swift arrow or shadow".
  • According to a user from Philippines, the name Saya means "In philippines it means "Happiness" or "Happy"".
  • A submission from Wisconsin, United States says the name Saya means "Swift Arrow" and is of Japanese origin.
  • According to a user from Netherlands, the name Saya is of Japanese origin and means "Colorful".
  • A submission from Iraq says the name Saya means "Shadow".
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International Interest

Notable Persons Named Saya

Saya was born on September 17th, 1985 in Hokkaido. They left this life on July 6th, 2007.


Saya was born on October 24th, 1876 in Tabayin. He left this life on November 28th, 1931.


Saya was born on September 20th, 1979 in Gifu.


Saya Takagi is an actor.


Saya Kawamoto is a j-pop idol, singer, and japanese idol. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to present. Saya was born on August 31st, 1998 in Hokkaido, Japan.


Saya Saung is a in the field of painting.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Saya

John was born on August 8th, 1978.


Jared Saya is an athlete for the Syracuse Silver Knights.


How popular is the baby name Saya in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1990 11 11 0
1991 5 5 0
1992 7 7 0
1993 6 6 0
1995 12 12 0
1996 11 11 0
1997 10 10 0
1998 9 9 0
1999 18 18 0
2000 17 17 0
2001 14 14 0
2002 23 23 0
2003 15 15 0
2004 21 21 0
2005 20 20 0
2006 29 29 0
2007 39 39 0
2008 61 61 0
2009 70 70 0
2010 98 98 0
2011 74 74 0
2012 69 69 0
2013 71 71 0
2014 69 69 0
2015 72 72 0
2016 63 63 0
2017 48 48 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Saya

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Saya as a first name

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Popularity of Saya as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Saya U.S.
  White 57.59% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 21.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 20.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Saya

People with the last name Saya are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Saya

  • How Popular is the name Saya? Saya is the 10,837th most popular name of all time. As a last name Saya was the 50,362nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Saya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 962 babies born with the first name Saya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Saya to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Saya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Saya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Saya is Monday, June 15th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Saya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Saya was in 2010 with a total of 98 babies.
  • Random Saya Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Saya is not a popular baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Saya: Your name in reverse order is Ayas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aasy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Saya? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 415 people with the last name Saya.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Saya? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Saya as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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