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Etymology & Historical Origin - Alaya
Alaya is essentially an Indian name most often associated with the Buddhist term “ālaya-vijñāna” which roughly translates to the “storehouse consciousness” with “ālaya” meaning “dwelling, abode” and “vijñāna” meaning “consciousness”. The concept was developed by the Yogācāra school of Indian Buddhism long ago sometime between the 2nd and 5th centuries – it basically represents our karma’s home-base, so to speak. It’s the 8th level of consciousness after the six senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought) and the seventh consciousness as represented by our misguided awareness or delusive perceptions of our stream-of-consciousness. The 8th consciousness provides the basis of the other seven – reflexive memory where all energy is stored – while the other seven levels of consciousness are forever evolving and transforming. The goal is to cleanse this mixture of yin/yang energy in the ālaya-vijñāna until it’s purified into goodness and wisdom; such purification leads to awakening. If you like this name for its Buddhist connection, then you might want to stick with the Alaya spelling (without the h) otherwise it looks more like an Americanized elaboration. Just consider the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain range that spans the Indian subcontinent with Nepal/Tibet. Himalaya means “House of Snow” from the elements “alaya” (abode) and “hima” (snow). Lastly, some American parents are using Alaya(h) as an alternative spelling of Aliyah which means “ascent” in Hebrew in reference to the Jewish diaspora; in Zionist ideology it represents the Israelite’s return to the Promised Land from which the Jewish people were expelled dating back to the Babylonian exile of the 6th century B.C.
Popularity of the Name Alaya
Alaya just appeared on the U.S. popularity charts for the first time in 2009; Alayah with an “h” followed soon after in 2010. It’s difficult to tell if the name is just a modern invention versus a nod to Buddhism. American parents are famous for name inventions based on sound and spelling creations. But this is a name with actual substance many parents might be pleasantly surprised to learn. Both Alaya and Alayah are very uncommon names so they offer originality to parents looking for something different. The only thing we might caution you about: there are so many female A names on the charts today that are spelled and pronounced somewhat similarly: Alana, Alayna, Anaya, Ayana, etc. In fact, the letter A is by far and away the most popular for baby girl names in America today: Aaliyah, Abigail, Addison, Alexis, Anna, Arianna, Ashley, Audrey, Aubrey, Avery, Ava…just to name a few.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alaya
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alaya
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alaya
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Alaya
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Famous People Named Alaya
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Children of Famous People Named Alaya
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Alaya - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Alaya
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alaya