Gender: Female Meaning of Maya: "water" Origin of Maya: Greek mythology name; Central American Indian empire name; Latinate variation of May; Spanish, diminutive of Amalia; variation of Maia; Hebrew Maya's Popularity in 2018: #61

Maya Origin and Meaning

The name Maya is a girl's name of Hebrew, Spanish, Greek origin meaning "water".

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, though both names have so many possible origins and meanings that not all of them are related.

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Maya

Maia, Mya, Myah, Maiya, Maaja, Moja, Maiah, May, Mayja, Mayi, Moia, Maie, Moya

Maya's International Variations

Mayanita (Spanish) Maj, Maja (Scandinavian)


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