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Gender: Female Pronunciation: MY-ah Meaning of Maia: "mother" Origin of Maia: Greek Maia's Popularity in 2017: #487

The name Maia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "mother". Maia is ranked #487 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

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. 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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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
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)


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