Maia Origin and Meaning

The name Maia is girl's name of Greek origin meaning "mother".
Maia was derived from the Greek word maia, meaning "mother." In Greek legend, she was the fair-haired daughter of Atlas who mothered Zeus's favorite illegitimate son, Hermes. To the Romans, Maia was the incarnation of the earth mother and goddess of spring, after whom they named the month of May. Maya is the more common spelling.

Maia is one of those light, ethereal girls' names with mystical overtones and mythical roots. Maia and Maya are the same name depending on which origin and meaning you favor. It's a favorite among Nameberry users.
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Famous People Named Maia

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  • Maia Ann Mereana LewisNew Zealand cricket player
  • Maia Emilia Ninel MorgensternRomanian actress
  • Maia Harumi ShibutaniAmerican ice dancer
  • Maia SanduMoldovian politician
  • Maia SharpAmerican singer,songwriter
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  • Maia Keyanna HightowerJohnson (b. 1996), daughter of NFL player Keyshawn Johnson
  • Maia Rose Tessalini (b. 1997)daughter of actress Michelle Collins and Fabrizio Tessalini
  • Maia Grace Keillor (b. 1997)daughter of radio personality and novelist Garrison Keillor
  • Maia RhysDavies (b. 2006), daughter of actor John Rhys,Davies

Maia in Pop Culture

  • Maiastar in the Pleiades, one of the Seven Sisters, in Orion's Belt
  • Maiaa nymph in Greek Mythology, Hermes' mother
  • Maianame given to Thumbelina at the end of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale
  • Maia RutledgeSkoures, character on TV's "The 4400"
  • Maia Robertscharacter in Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series
  • Maia Thomasine "May" Baileycharacter in A.S.Byatt's book 'Possession'