Maya or Maia?
I've loved the name Maya since my very first name-list in the 4th grade. I love the sound of it, and I love it's simplicity.
BUT, I've recently discovered the spelling Maia. Still pronounced My-ah but I really like how it looks written out, and I love the connection to mythology (I'm a mythology nerd). But, I'm afraid it might be mispronounced or mistaken as a yewneek spelling of Maya, rather than a mythological and fairly well-used name.
So: which spelling do you prefer? Would it be mispronounced? Would people think I'm trying to be yewneek?
I would pronounce Maia like Kaia, but I'm sure Maya would be the easier pronunciation choice. I dont think Mai looks too unique. If anyone has had a Mai Tai they should be able to figure it out. Both are equally pretty IMO
Looks really elegant, has gorgeous Greek mythology associations and generally looks intriguing. Maia is a great choice.
Definitely Maia. Like the star in pleiades!
i pronounce both the same My-a
Maya = like the Mayans, NOT MAY-a
if you pronounce Maia like i do, then everyone will think Maya and spell it as such so you'd be correcting people and having to tell them you spell it different due to liking mythology
id think most people would think and say Maya as the Mayan people, not as MAY-a
I pronounce them the same. Mah-Ya. I prefer the Maia spelling, though they are both pretty. What I DISLIKE is spelling it Mia and expecting THAT to be pronounced the same way. I always assume Mia should be pronounced like Mee-Ya.
I think if someone told me their name was Mah-Ya and I had to guess how to spell it I would guess it was spelled Maia... but maybe that's just due to the french influence here in Canada or something?
Either way, very pretty choice.
I had never heard of the name Maya/Maia until recently teaching at a school and this beautiful little girl was named Maya. Her name was spelt Maya so I pronounced it as May-a, but she told me it was pronounced as MY-A. I prefer the pronunciation of My-a. It's prettier. Ever since discovering this name, I love it. Its on my list now. I like the way Maia looks though. You would pronounce Kai as KY so I think Maia would be pronounced correctly most of the time. So I'm probably going to go with Maia from now on.
In my family everything is pronounced phonetically so Maya is May-UH and Maia is a bit difficult for me because my brain says it the same; but I know its different, if that makes sense! I prefer Maya, mainly because its close to Mira which I quite like. I think Maia would be easier though :)
I pronounce them both May-a.
I prefer the Maia spelling though
I pronounce both My-a
I prefer Maya aesthetically.
Also, i don't mind unique spellings once there aren't more than one offender in a name.
Like y and ee in one name... no (eg Mylee)