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Gender: F Meaning of Maia: "mother" Origin of Maia: Greek Maia's Popularity in 2013: #639

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Maia is a light, ethereal name with mystical overtones. In Greek legend, she was the fair-haired daughter of Atlas who mothered Zeus's favorite illegitimate son, Hermes. To the Romans, Maia was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May. To us, it was one of the many names similar to Maya on the rise in 2013.

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Famous People Named Maia

Maia Mitchell, Australian actress
Maia Brewton, American actress
Maia Campbell, American actress
Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian chess player
Maia Lewis, New Zealand cricket player
Maia Morgenstern, Romanian actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Maia

Thumbelina is renamed Maia at the end of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale ("'You shall not be called Thumbelina,' said the Flower Angel to her. 'That is an ugly name, and you are too pretty for it. We will call you Maia.'")

Maia's International Variations

Maiya (Russian)