The name Maya is a girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Greek origin meaning "water". Maya is ranked #61 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mystical Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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Maya, which has an exotic, almost mystical image, has been steadily climbing in popularity.
In addition to being the name of a Central American culture, Maya was the legendary Greek mother of Hermes by Zeus, and means "illusion" in Sanskrit and Eastern Pantheism. It can also be spelled Maia.
Famed author Maya Angelou was born Marguerite; Maya was coined by her brother saying "mya sister." Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter is Maya Ray; British designer Phoebe Philo also has a Maya, named for Angelou. Its best known current bearers include performer Maya Rudolph and architect Maya Lin.
To the Romans, Maia/Maya was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May.