Gender: Female Origin of Maeby: Diminutive of Mae

Maeby Origin and Meaning

The name Maeby is a girl's name of American origin.

Maeby sprang into the modern consciousness via the cult TV favorite Arrested Development, in which the appealing teen character Maeby's name is a nickname for Mae. It's also a homonym for Maybe, which undercuts its inherent cuteness. Is Maeby prime for a real life baby name? Sorry, but we can't resist: Maybe.

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aaronburrsir Says:


Maeby she was born with it. (It being the name "Maeby.")

RoddyThlayli Says:


I have a chicken named Maybelle who I call Maeby/Maybie sometimes.

luella_madison Says:


I meant when I hear it, I hear the word "maybe", because as you pointed out, it sounds exactly the same. It doesn't seem like a name; it seems like a word to me.

stephykneejo Says:


Well, all you should hear is maybe because that is exactly how it is pronounced.

luella_madison Says:


I don't like this name. It's too cutesy and all I hear is maybe.

Zelliew Says:


I don't like the name likened to maybe

stephykneejo Says:


There's no confusion to be had. It sounds exactly like the word maybe, but when using the name in conversation, the inflections and tone in your voice set the two apart. As for origin, it is directly from a character on the TV show Arrested Development. The creator made up the name by combining his daughter's names, Maisy and Phoebe.

theodorewilla Says:


Yes. I like the name Mabel. But it concerns me that people may get the name Maeby confused with Maybe.

nielseel Says:


My daughter's name is Mabel and she does go by the nn Maebe sometimes. I preferred to leave out the y myself.... to your question of "why change the name around" -its due to the fact this is a variation of the name Mae, not the actual word maybe.

theodorewilla Says:


Wow. Not even a really positive word, and now they're changing the spelling around? Why would you do this???