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What does Maya mean?

Maya \ma-ya\ as a girls' name is pronounced MYE-ah. It is of Spanish, Hindi and Russian origin. In Spanish, short form of Amalia. In Hindi, from Sanskrit, meaning "dream, illusion". In Russian, a form of Mary. A star constellation. See also Mai.


Maya has 5 variants: Maia, Maiya, Miah, Miya and Mya.

For more information, see also related girl names Maeja and May.

Maya has 46 more alternative forms via Amalia, Mai, Mary: Amalya, Mair, Maire, Maj, Mal, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Marie, Marin, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Mavra, May, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mayria, Mimi, Moira, Moll, Morag and Moya.


Maya is a very popular first name for females (#1164 out of 4276, Top 27%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4520 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Maya for girls. Maya entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #57 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is currently at #74. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maya name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maya outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Maya and associated names. Amalia (#884 a year ago), Mai, Maia (#626), Maiya, Malia (#345), Mame, Mamie, Mara (#695), Maren, Maria (#115), Mariam (#568), Marian, Marie (#579), Marin, Marita, Marla, Marlo, Mary (#120), Maryann, Maryjo, Maura, May, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Miah (#622), Mimi, Miya (#903), Moira and Mya (#141) are the popular related forms of Maya (#74 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2407%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.2041%, down 15.2%), but with versions like Marie, Maura, May, Mayme and Mayra becoming somewhat dated. The more fashionable names for newborns among these are Maia (#626), Mara (#695), Mariam (#568), Maya (#74) and Miah (#622). (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amalia, Mai, Maia, Maiya, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maren, Maria in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mariam, Marian, Marie, Marin, Marita, Marla, Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryjo in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maura, May, Maya, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Miah, Mimi, Miya, Moira in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary, Maya, Mya outside U.S.

Similar Names

Maya is alike in pronunciation to Mae, Maiah, Maiyah, Mayah, Maye, Mea, Meya, Mia and Moia. Other suggested similar baby names are Daya, Haya, Jaya, Kaya, Mada, Maja, Mala, Mata, Mayda, Maysa, Raya and Taya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maya.