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Gender: F Pronunciation: MY-ah Meaning of Maia: "mother" Origin of Maia: Greek Maia's Popularity in 2015: #556

Maia is a light, ethereal name with mystical overtones. 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. To us, it was one of the many names similar to Maya on the rise in 2015.

Famous People Named Maia

Maia Mitchell, Australian actress
Maia Brewton, American actress
Maia Campbell, American actress
Maia Chiburdanidze, Georgian chess player
Maia Lewis, New Zealand cricket player
Maia Morgenstern, Romanian actress
Maia Shibutani, American ice dancer
Maia Sandu, Moldovian politician
Maia Sharp, American singer-songwriter
Maia Hightower-Johnson, daughter of NFL player Keyshawn Johnson
Maia Tessalini (b. 1997), daughter of actress Michelle Collins and Fabrizio Tessalini
Maia Grace Keillor (b. 1997), daughter of novelist and radio personality Garrison Keillor
Maia Rhys-Davies, 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's International Variations

Maiya (Russian)