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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