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Gender: F Meaning of Maya: "water" Origin of Maya: Hebrew Maya's Popularity in 2013: #72

Maya, which has an exotic, almost mystical image, has been steadily climbing in popularity, and is now firmly in the Top 75.

In addition to being the name of a Central American culture, Maya was the legendary Greek mother of Hermes by Zeus, and means "illusion" in Sanskrit and Eastern Pantheism. It can also be spelled Maia.

Famed author Maya Angelou was born Marguerite; Maya was coined by her brother saying "mya sister." Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter is Maya Ray; British designer Phoebe Philo also has a Maya, named for Angelou.

To the Romans, Maia/Maya was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May.

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Famous People Named Maya

Maya, Queen of Sakya, mother of Buddha
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson), American poet
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam aka M.I.A., British singer-songwriter
Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya, Russian ballerina
Maya Deren (born Eleonora Derenkovskaya), American avant-garde filmmaker
Maya Khabira Rudolph, American actress and comedienne
Maya Ying Lin, American architect
Maya April Moore, American basketball player
Maya Berovic, Bosnian pop singer
Maya Gilbert, American actress
Maya Thompson, American songwriter and cancer activist
Maya Simantov, Israeli singer-songwriter
Maya Kulenovic, Bosnian-Canadian painter
Maya Bouskilla, Israeli pop singer
Maya Bond, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
Maya Ritter, Canadian actress
Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng, half-sister of U.S. President Barack Obama
Maya Ray, daughter of Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke

Pop Culture References for the Name Maya

Maya Matlin, character on Degrassi: The Next Generation
Maya Ward, character on General Hospital
Maya Fey, character in the Ace Attorney video game series
Maya, CIA analyst in 2013's Zero Dark Thirty
Maya, one of the main characters of the video game Borderlands 2
Maya, main character in PBS KIDS GO's "Maya&Miguel", twin to Miguel
Maya St. Germain, Pretty Little Liars character
Maya Gallo, character in Just Shoot Me!
Maya, recurring character in the Harvest Moon video game series
Maya Bennett, Zack's girlfriend on the Suite Life On Deck
Maya, main character in Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator
Maya Bennett is the daughter of Sam and Naomi Bennett: Private Practice
Maya Hart, character from Girl Meets World. Supposed to be the girl version of Boy Meets World's Shawn Hunter

Maaja, Maia, Maiah, Maie, Maiya, May, Mayi, Mayja, Moia, Moja, Moya, Mya, Myah

Maya's International Variations

Maj, Maja (Scandinavian) Mayanita (Spanish)

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