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Gender: F Pronunciation: MY-ah Meaning of Maia: "mother" Origin of Maia: Greek Maia's Popularity in 2016: #569

Maia is one of those light, ethereal girls' names with mystical overtones and mythical roots. In Greek legend, she was the fair-haired daughter of Atlas who mothered Zeus's favorite illegitimate son, Hermes. To the Romans, Maia was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May. It came in at Number 569 in 2016 and is a favorite on Nameberry's own popular names list.

Famous People Named Maia

Maia Mitchell, Australian actress
Maia Luisa Brewton, American actress
Maia Chinassa Campbell, American actress
Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian chess champion
Maia Ann Mereana Lewis, New Zealand cricket player
Maia Emilia Ninel Morgenstern, Romanian actress
Maia Harumi Shibutani, American ice dancer
Maia Sandu, Moldovian politician
Maia Sharp, American singer-songwriter
Maia Estianty, Indonesian singer-songwriter
Maia Keyanna Hightower-Johnson (b. 1996), daughter of NFL player Keyshawn Johnson
Maia Rose Tessalini (b. 1997), daughter of actress Michelle Collins and Fabrizio Tessalini
Maia Grace Keillor (b. 1997), daughter of radio personality and novelist Garrison Keillor
Maia Rhys-Davies (b. 2006), daughter of actor John Rhys-Davies

Pop Culture References for the name Maia

Maia, a nymph in Greek Mythology, Hermes' mother
Maia, name given to Thumbelina at the end of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale ("'You shall not be called Thumbelina,' said the Flower Angel to her. 'That is an ugly name, and you are too pretty for it. We will call you Maia.'")
Maia Rutledge-Skoures, character on TV's "The 4400"
Maia Roberts, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series
Maia Thomasine "May" Bailey, character in A.S.Byatt's book 'Possession'

Maia's International Variations

Maiya (Russian)