Maia Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Maia:
Borne in Greek mythology by the eldest and most beautiful of the Pleiades, a daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes by Zeus. Maia is also borne in Roman mythology by an earth-goddess who is sometimes equated with the Greek Maia. The month of May is named in her honor.
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I prefer Maia over Mya, Mia, Maya, etc. Nobody can ever spell it.
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My daughter is named Maia. We pronounce it My-ah. People always spell and & pronounce it incorrectly. Even her teachers still get it wrong after all this time and call her Mia. People ask us if we made mistake with spelling it Maia. Did we not mean Maria, or Mia or Maya. When she started school they had labeled everything 'Mia' . When I asked them to correct it the principal argued with me that I must have made a mistake when picking her name.
My name is Maia, though I've been called every possible variation of it. I get called Maya, Mia, Maria, Mary, even Mea'ai, a Hawaiian word (I'm from Hawaii, so it''s a little more understandable). It's constantly misspelled. Even with all of this, I like my name, and I don't care that I have to correct people on it all the time, because they usually get it right after the first time. I think people put a little too much stock into choosing names everyone will know how to pronounce. By all means, don't torture the kid, but its ok if they have to correct people.
My daughters name is Maia. It's actually Maia-Mae. She's constantly called Mia or Maea(May-ah) and she will always say why would my name be Maea-Mae that's stupid she always says I'm Maia with an I not a Y. We've had teachers correct us saying we aren't pronouncing it correct when I think we know how to pronounce our own child's name it's very annoying but wouldn't change her name it suits her prefect
My name is also Maia, and nobody can ever spell it or pronounce it. I pronounce it My-ah, but people have tried may-ah, may, mia, and it has been spelt, Maya, Mia, Mai, Miai, Mya, etc. It's slightly annoying, but I wouldn't change my name. I really like it, and it's fairly unique. There aren't many nicknames for Maia though, sadly...
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Maisha, My, Mia-Mya, Maia Papaya, Mi-Mi, Emeria
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Maia Baratashvili, Georgian jazz singer
Maia Brewton (born 1977), American actress
Maia Campbell (born 1976), American film and television actress
Maia Chiburdanidze (born 1961), Georgian chess grandmaster
Maia Fallon London born translator, fluent in 17 languages
Maia Lewis, New Zealand women's cricketer
Maia Morgenstern (born 1962), Romanian film and stage actress
Maia Whitaker (born 1971), American vocal artist, musician and podcaster (aka Máia and "KnitWitch")
Maia Mitchell (born 1993), Actress
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Maia, the eldest of the Pleiades in Greek mythology, also identified with an Ancient Italic goddess of spring
Maia, a fantasy novel by Richard Adams
Os Maias or "The Maias", a realist novel by Eça de Queirós, named after the protagonist family
Maia (Middle-earth), one from the race of divine beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings
Maia Skouris (née Rutledge), a character on the USA Network science fiction TV show The 4400
Maia Jeffries, a character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street
Maia Sterling, a character from the Robotech anime series
Maia Acheron, a character in Jak and Daxter
Maia, the name given to Thumbelina by her husband in Hans Christian Andersen's original story of Thumbelina
Maia, a fictional novel supposedly written by the main character in Death in Venice
Maia, Queen of Hallasar in the video game Summoner 2 is the reincarnation of the goddess Laharah
Maia Mizuki, the protagonist of the anime Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
Maia Fielding, a character in 'Journey to the River Sea'