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Scripts ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ(Javanese) سورابايا(Arabic) Սուրաբայա(Armenian) Сурабая(Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek Cyrillic) スラバヤ(Japanese Katakana) 수라바야(Korean Hangul) سورابایا(Persian, Urdu) ซูราบายา(Thai)
Pronounced Pron. soo-ra-BA-ya(Indonesian, Spanish) soo-rah-bah-YAH(Armenian) suw-rə-BIE-ə(English) SOO-RA-BA-YA(French, Japanese) SOO-RA-PA-YA(Korean) soo-ra-ba-YA(Thai) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsSurabaja, Soerbaja, Shurabaya
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Meaning & History
From Javanese ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ (shurabaya), derived from ꦯꦸꦫ (shura) meaning "white shark" and ꦧꦪ (baya) meaning "crocodile". The name comes from 12th-century Javanese monarch Jayabaya, who supposedly foresaw a fight between a white shark and crocodile (which might have been a prediction of the Mongol invasion of Java in the late 13th century). This is the name of a city in Indonesia.