Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it’s of unknown meaning. Maya is also an Indian girl’s name meaning “illusion” or “magic” in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology, Maya is an epithet for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and love, and Durga, a warrior goddess.
Maya is also a Hebrew female name meaning “water” derived from mayim (water).
In Japan, Maya is a unisex name that has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “hemp,flax,linen + to be”; “ten thousand + to be”; “true + to be”; “true + night”; and “to rub, graze, grind + eight”; there are other meanings besides these.
Maya also seems to have been a male name in Ancient Egyptian, being the name of a High Priest of Amun in Ancient Egypt who lived during the 14th century during the reign of Akhenaten, as well as being the name of a treasurer who lived in the 16th century, though I couldn’t find any meaning behind the name.
Maia is the name of one of the oldest of the Pleiades, seven nymphs who are the daughters of Atlas, a Titan, and Pleione, an Oceanid. By Zeus, she is the mother of the god Hermes, and also helped raise Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, whose mother was turned into a bear by Hera. The name possibly means “good mother” in Greek, and was used as an honorific for motherly figures. Maia also means “midwife”.
Maia is also a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan; her name comes from Latin maius meaning “great”, and the month of May is named after her.
Maia is also the Basque form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.
Maia means “palm tree” in the Maori language.
Origin: Sanskrit, Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Maori, Japanese
- Maja (Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish)
- Maïa (French)
Maya 麻也 (Japanese kanji) “hemp,flax,linen+to be
Maya 万也 (Japanese kanji) “ten thousand + to be”
Maya 真也 (Japanese kanji) “true + to be”
Maya 真夜 (Japanese kanji) “true + night”
Maya 摩八 (Japanese kanji)”to rub, graze, grind + eight”