Meaning and name origin
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Cybele.
Maia is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2900 out of 4276, Top 68%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#40006 out of 88799, Top 45%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Maia for girls. Maia reached its highest rank of #509 in the U.S. in 2006 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Maia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Maya (#74), Mya (#141), Maia (#626), Maja, Maiya and May. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Maia is also pronounced similarly to Mae▼, Mai▼, Maiyah, Maye▼, Mea, Mei, Meya, Mia▲, Miah▲ and Miya. Other suggested similar baby names are Gaia, Kaia▲, Mada, Maida, Maiga, Mair, Maira▼, Maisa, Mala, Malia▲, Mara, Maria, Mata and Naia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maia.