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What does Maya mean?

Maya Pronunciation of Maya [maya] 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.

Associated with: russian, dream.


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

Affiliated girl names: Maeja and May.

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.

Creative forms:
(female) Maxya, Mayaie, ..

(male) Mayama, Mayaty, ..

Middle name pairings:
Maya Margot (M.M.), ..

How popular is Maya?

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. Demographics)

Maya entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #57 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is currently at #69. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maya name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Amalia (#828 via latest list), Mai, Maia (#556), Maiya (#1537), Malia (#313), Mame, Mamie, Mara (#739), Maree, Maren (#1113), Maria (#109), Mariam (#563), Marian (#1104), Marie (#564), Marin (#1471), Marita, Marla, Marlo, Mary (#124), Maryann (#1809), Maryjo, Maura (#1490), May (#1658), Mayme, Maymie, Mayra (#1275), Miah (#615), Mimi, Miya (#966), Moira (#1645) and Mya (#146) are the popular related forms of Maya (#69 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Maya were favored by parents during 1890-1899 (median #1408) and have become significantly less popular since (#1271, 89%). Mary has been the recurring favorite, though Maia has gained in usage over time, while versions like Mame are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maya, Amalia, Mai, Maia, Maiya in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malia, Mame, Mamie, Mara, Maree in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Marie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marin, Marita, Marla, Marlo, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maryann, Maryjo, Maura, May, Mayme in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maymie, Mayra, Miah, Mimi, Miya in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moira, Mya in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Maya is alike in pronunciation to Mae, Maiah, Maiyah, Mayah, Maye, Mea, Mei, Meya, Mia, Mo and Moia. Other suggested similar names are Aanya, Alaya, Amya, Anaya, Arya, Asya, Damya, Danya, Datya, Daya, Galya, Haya, Jaya, Kaeya, Katya, Kaya, Lalya, Liya, Maci, Macy, Mada, Mady, Mahra, Maiga, Maira, Maja, Maji, Mala, Malea, Mali, Malka, Malva, Manda, Marga, Marna, Marnya, Mart, Marta, Maryam, Maryan, Mata, Maud, Mayda, Mayde, Maygan, Maysa, Mera, Mesa, Mina, Mira, Moana, Mona, Moyna, Myka, Myla, Myra, Nya, Orya, Panya, Raya, Rhaya, Talya, Taya and Toya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maya.

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