Chaya Meaning and Origin

Chaya is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin, meaning “life”. In Hebrew, “Chaya” is a feminine name derived from the Hebrew word for “life.” It is often used as a given name for girls, symbolizing vitality and liveliness. Alternatively, “Chaya” is a Yiddish term that means “animal” or “beast.” In Jewish folklore, a “dybbuk” (a malicious spirit) may possess a person and be referred to as a “chaya.” In Sanskrit, “Chaya” means “shadow” or “reflection.” It is a unisex name and is commonly found in Hindu and Indian communities. In Spanish, “Chaya” refers to a plant known as “Cnidoscolus aconitifolius,” also called “tree spinach.” In some African languages, “Chaya” is a name that means “to cry” or “weep.”

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