Gender: Female Pronunciation: MY-ah Meaning of Maia: "mother" Origin of Maia: Greek Maia's Popularity in 2019: #525

Maia Origin and Meaning

The name Maia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "mother".

Maia was derived from the Greek word maia, meaning “mother.” 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. Maya is the more common spelling.

Maia is one of those light, ethereal girls' names with mystical overtones and mythical roots. Maia and Maya are the same name depending on which origin and meaning you favor. It's a favorite among Nameberry users.

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Rank in US: #525

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TaliaCat Says:


Nameberry fails to give the loveliest of this name's meanings:
It is a star in The Pleiades, at the end of Orion's belt.

Bobcat108 Says:


I prefer the spelling of Maia to Maya...although I'd also prefer the pronunciation of May-ah, rather than Mye-ah.

bordercollie Says:


I think I prefer Maia to Maya, it flows better visually. Both are gorgeous though, if a little overused. I still have a real soft spot for the two, especially Maia.

actingfun Says:


I really like this name. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more attention.

Nozomi Says:


I like this name a lot its one of my favorites, but to me there are prettier choices.

Hailey Says:


A very lovely, feminine name.

Eva Thyssen Says:


My adored English Cocker spaniel is a Maia. The sweetest girl dog ever <3