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Gender: Female Pronunciation: GUY-ah Meaning of Gaia: "earth mother" Origin of Gaia: Greek

The name Gaia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "earth mother". Gaia and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

The name of the Greek mythological earth goddess and universal mother; actress Emma Thompson stated that she was attracted by its ecological element, so other "green" parents may want to follow her lead.

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Famous People Named Gaia

Gaia Germani (born Giovanna Giardina), Italian actress
Gaïa Jacquet-Matisse, French-American socialite and actress; great great granddaughter of painter Henri Matisse
Gaia Weiss, French actress
Gaia Cauchi, Maltese pop singer
Gaia Sabbatini, Italian middle distance runner
Gaia Vince, British journalist and author
Gaia Romilly Wise (b. 1999), daughter of actress Emma Thompson and Greg Wise
Gaia Archey (b. 2012), daughter of actor Lamon Archey
Gaia Jissel Ramirez Land (b. 2013), daughter of actress Dania Ramirez & director John Amos Beverly Land

Pop Culture References for the name Gaia

Gaia Bawden, character in "The Casual Vacancy" by J. K. Rowling
Gaia, character on animated series "Captain Planet"
Gaia, character in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series
Gaia, character in Michael Grant's Gone Series
Gaia, spirit of Earth in the British TV series 'Edge of Darkness' (1985)
Gaia, spirit in film 'Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within' (2001)
Gaia Moore, main character in the 'Fearless' series by Francine Pascal
Gaia, character on the television series "The Almighty Johnson's"
GAIA, artificial intelligence in the game "Horizon Zero Dawn"
Gaia Silverwood, character in the Spellcaster's Cataclysm Series
Gaia, character on TV's "Rome"
Gaia, planet in video game 'Final Fantasy VII'
Gaia, character in TV's 'The 100'

Gaiea, Kaia, Gaya, Gaea


alextheindigo Says:


I think it's lovely but a little too matronly for a little girl. Probably because of the "mother earth" connection.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Are you serious? Teasing potential... Obviously. Almost as bad as Gaylord.

Wittyusername103 Says:


One side of my brain thinks "This is cute!" and the other side thinks "Are you serious?"

indiefendi2 Says:


Gaia is definitely pretty in a "earthy" way!

EW314 Says:


LOVE Gaia! I have a weakness for mythology names generally (DD1 is Juno) and this is certainly one of the most wearable. It's short, spunky, feminine and unusual, though at the same time it feels familiar because of the popularity of similar-sounding Maya. This would be a lovely, distinctive alternative with a weighty history behind it. The fact that Emma Thompson has a daughter called Gaia is another huge plus in my book!

caetano Says:


why would "gay-ah" be worse?

caetano Says:


Stunning name.

ashbee Says:


Divine and earthy name. I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me. It's now one of my favorites!

headintheclouds Says:


Short, sweet and spunky. To me, Gaia grand and lush as a mythology name, yet also down-to-earth (punny! :b) and accessible at the same time. It's definitely one of the more usable and lovelier mythology names out there, and it'd be an unexpected, unusual yet not overly out there name choice (that can also double as a nature name due to its background!).

yvonne_virginia Says:


Rick Riordan made Gaia (also pronounced 'gee-uh') a villian in the Heroes of Olympus series since I guess he needed another big one once Kronos was out of the way.

In real Greek mythology, Gaia is just the Mother Earth who loves her children. She DID persuade her youngest Titan son (Kronos again) to kill her husband Ouranos, but that's besides the point. He had banished the Cyclopes or the Hundred-Handed Ones into Tartarus, can't remember at the moment. She was mad because despite being ugly, they were still her children! But if that's makes her evil, then Every. Single. Freaking. Person. is absolutely totally evil in Greek mythology. Then again, the Greek gods are a little creepy most of the time.

Sorry for the long comment!

RoddyThlayli Says:


To be fair, she is not the nicest deity, but she's not exactly a 'villain'.

amani ahmad Says:


That's only in percy jackson dude

Gaiajeanne Says:


I constantly thank my father for choosing this name for me, it's short, rare and beautiful. Plus, it comes from mythology and it's also an adjective that means "cheerful, happy" in italian, the same as Allegra. It's a great choice, believe me ;)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I'm pretty sure it's the goddess of the Earth, not a villian.

Apernell Says:


Gaia is a villain in Greek mythology. Just thought I'd put that out out there.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


It's a pretty name to read, but pronounciation wise, I'd go for a different greek earthy name such as Persephone, Anthea or Demetra

CocoWhite Says:


GUY-ah is still a better pronunciation than GAY-ah; that's how I assumed the name was pronounced when I first saw it.

caroblaise Says:


This is a very gorgeous name, but I can't get over that its pronounced GUY-ah. It is a very beautiful name, but would a little girl want "guy" in their name?