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

The name Maja is a girl's name of Arabic, German, Scandinavian origin meaning "splendid". Maja and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Maja

Maja Einstein (1881-1951), Albert Einstein's sister
Maja Hug, Swiss figure skater
Maja Ivarsson, lead vocalist for The Sounds
Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Polish fantasy writer
Maja Markovic, Serbian singer & former member of group Luna
Maja Nekic, Croatian actress
Marijana "Maja Marijana" Radovanovic, Serbian singer
Maja Salvador, Filipino actress, dancer, model & producer
Maja Tatic, Serbian singer who represented Bosnia at Eurovision
Maja Salamon, model
Maja Amcoff, Swedish singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Maja

Maja Dracula, Romanian vampire from "Maja & Saran"
Maja the Sky Witch, a character from the Adventure Time cartoon series


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.