What does Maya mean?
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.
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.