Maite

Maite is a Basque feminine name meaning “lovable” or “beloved”. It’s also been used as a contracted form of given name María Teresa. María ultimately comes from Hebrew Miryam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, “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”.

Teresa is also a name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Greek theros meaning “summer” or therizo “to harvest”. It could also be linked to Greek ther meaning “wild beast” or therao “to hunt”.

As for pronounciation, it seems to be pronounced mai-tay (forvo) or mie-teh. 

Origin: Basque, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Greek

Variants:

  • Mayte (Spanish)
  • Maïté (French)
  • Maitê (Portuguese)
  • Maité (Spanish Mexican)