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Gender: Female Pronunciation: my-TREY-uh Meaning of Maitreya: "loving kindness" Origin of Maitreya: Sanskrit

Maitreya Origin and Meaning

The name Maitreya is a girl's name meaning "loving kindness".

According to Buddhist eschatology, Maitreya is next great Buddha who will appear on Earth, following Gautama Buddha. Though this messianic figure is usually (if not exclusively) depicted as a male, the name sounds distinctly feminine to Western ears. It's quite a heavy mantle to lay on a child, though with far less subtle names, such as Messiah, Royalty and Savior, on the rise, that may be waning as a cause for concern.

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