Maya: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Maya

Maya

Pronunciation: MIY-ə (key)

Origin of the name Maya:

From Indian mythology, Maya is a name of the goddess Devi, the consort of Shiva. Alternatively, it is a variant of Maia, the name of a Greek fertility goddess, the daughter of Atlas and Pleione, and mother of Hermes (Mercury) by Zeus.

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Related Names:

Maia, Maija, Maiya, Mya

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I have a classmate named Maya.

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My own name is Maya and I grew up when it was not a popular name. I find it funny that Maya is a variant of Maia, the name of a Greek fertility goddess, since I went through 8 years of infertility.
The names of my twins are Maya and Wara. Ruben Cabrera (http://rubendcl.blogspot.com/)

My best friend is named Maya. She is beautiful, and has a beautiful name!

Nicknames for Maya: | Edit

Maya Papaya, Missy Maya, Lil M, My My, Maya the Bee, Mayabug, Mee Mee, Krisjanis

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Maya can also refer to the Mayan people of Central and South America.
Maya means illusion in India.
Maya also means "One" or "The One" in a bolivian language called Aymara.

Famous real-life people named Maya: | Edit

Maya Angelou, American author and poet (born Marguerite Ann Johnson)
Maya Rudolph, American actress and comedian
Maya Lin, American architect
Maya Soetoro-Ng, half-sister of President Obama.

Maya in song, story & screen: | Edit

Maya Bennett, character on TV show "Private Practice"
Maya St. Germain, character on TV show "Pretty Little Liars"
Maya and Miguel is a PBS kids' show.
Maya, a witch who turned herself into the first vampire in the Night World series books by L.J. Smith.
Maya the Bee, American children's cartoon.
Maya Gallow, Lead character in the 90's Sit com, Just Shoot me.

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