Gender: Female Meaning of Maja: "splendid" Origin of Maja: German, Slovene, and Scandinavian form of Maya; also, Arabic

Maja Origin and Meaning

The name Maja is a girl's name of Arabic, German, Scandinavian origin meaning "splendid".

Whether you pronounce it my-a, ma-zha or ma-ha, Maja is an intriguing choice. Sometimes associated with Goya's famous painting "The Naked Maja." As a cognate of Maya, it's a Top 10 name in Slovenia and Sweden and is also popular in Germany and Norway.

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RoseGoldHeart Says:


Maja Rose?

Leonina Says:


To me (who is a "mix" of most European countries, first language is German-ish) My-uh is the most obvious pronunciation. Which is the German and Scandinavian pronunciation.

Megan is a name woahh Says:


My friend is called this and she says it my-ah

iipostmvh Says:


I like this but I think I'd initially pronounce it something like ma-ga (soft g).

Tammy Tim-Tam (Timmy Tammy) Says:


My sisters name is Maja. We are Europeans and here in Europe the J is pronounced like the American Y. So, pronouncing it My-ah makes sense since this is a Scandinavian name.

headintheclouds Says:


Pronunciation-wise, my first instinct is to say it like "ma-ha" like Baja California, and then "mah-ja" almost like mah jong or maharajah-- "my-a" is counter-intuitive to me. I find Maja intriguing, as it looks more regal, weighty and imposing than the alternative Maya, which seems more fluid and swishy.