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Type Settlement
Scripts ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ(Javanese)
Pronounced Pron. /su.ra.ˈba.ja/(Indonesian) /su.rɔ.ˈbɔ.jɔ/(Javanese)  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsSurabaja, Soerbaja, Shurabaya

Meaning & History

From Javanese ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ (shurabaya), itself derived from ꦯꦸꦫ (shura) meaning "white shark" and ꦧꦪ (baya) meaning "crocodile". The name refers to 12th-century Javanese monarch Jayabaya, who supposedly saw a vision of a fight between a white shark and crocodile (which may have been a prediction of the Mongol invasion of Java in the late 13th century). This is the name of a city in East Java province, Indonesia.
Added 2/20/2020 by HL
Edited 10/23/2021 by HL