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Girl Name: Maia

Name: Maia
Pronunciation: \maia\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Maia's also a boy name)
Meaning: great; mother
Origin: Greek
Related Names: Cybele
Sounds Like: Mai, Mia
Variant forms: Maaja, Maiah, Maj, Maja, May, Maya, Mayah, Moia, Moja, Moya, Mya
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 2900
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 40006


Maia \maia\ as a girl's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Maia is "great; mother". Also (Maori) "brave warrior". Greek mythology: Maia was a beautiful nymph and the mother of Hermes, the messenger god. In Roman tradition, she is an earth goddess of springtime. The month of May was named in her honor. See also Maiya.

Maia has 11 variant forms: Maaja, Maiah, Maj, Maja, May, Maya, Mayah, Moia, Moja, Moya and Mya.

For more information, see also the related name Cybele.

Baby names that sound like Maia are Mai and Mia.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Maia.


Maia is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2900 out of 4276) and an even more popular surname or last name for both men and women (#40006 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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