Maya (given name)

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Maya is an alternate name of Hindu goddess Durga
Queen Māyā of Sakya was the mother of Buddha
Maia is the eldest of the Pleiades in Greek and Roman mythology and the mother of Hermes.

Maya is a feminine name with multiple meanings. In Hindu philosophy, Māyā means "illusion" and in Hindu mythology, it is also an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Durga. According to tradition, Queen Māyā of Sakya was also the name of the mother of Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha. In Hebrew, the name Maya (מַיָּה/מאיה in Hebrew) is a short form of "ma'ayan," meaning "spring" or "brook." In Old Persian the name means "generous".

Maya can also be a name used as a tribute to the Maya peoples of southern Mexico and northern Central America or to the Maya, a group of Indigenous Australians. Additionally, Maya can be a name of Japanese origin, with different meanings. Variants include Mayako and Mayaka. Mount Maya is a Japanese mountain named for the mother of Buddha. In the Nepali language, "Maya" means "love"

The name is also used as a variant form of the Greek-origin name Maia (Μαια in Ancient Greek), the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes in Greek and Roman mythology. The unrelated name Maia, meaning "courage" or "bravery" in the Māori language[1], is popular for Māori girls in New Zealand.[2]

Sometimes spelled Maja, it can also be used as a short form of Maria or Mary in Germany, Scandinavian countries, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. Maya is also used as a short form for the name Amalia or the Basque name Amaia or Amaya (meaning "the end") in Spanish-speaking countries.

The similar-sounding Japanese name Mayu means "truth, reason", while some sources say Amaya (pronounced A-MAH-YAH) is a Japanese name meaning "night rain".[3][4]

Another origin for the name Maya is the Tupi language spoken by Brazilian native Indians, meaning "Mother", and Mayara, meaning "Grandmother".[5]

Maya has been a popular name for girls in recent years. It is currently among the top hundred names used for baby girls in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Norway, and Israel as well as in other countries.[6] Alternate spellings proliferate, with the name sometimes spelled Maia, Maja, Maiya, Miya, Mya, or Myah. The similar name Mia is also sometimes used as a spelling variant of Maya.

Notable persons with this name[edit]

Fictional characters named Maya[edit]

Live action TV[edit]

  • Maya Mehrotra/Maya Arjun Sharma, the lead character from the Sony Entertainment Television India drama series, Beyhadh
  • Maya (Power Rangers), the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
  • Maya, an alien character on the television series Space: 1999
  • Maya Chinn, a character from the American daytime soap opera Passions
  • Maya Fisher, a character from the HBO TV show Six Feet Under
  • Maya Gallo, a character in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me
  • Maya Herrera, a character in the NBC drama series, Heroes
  • Maya Ahmadi, a character from the NBC drama series, Blindspot
  • Maya Wilkes, a character from the American sitcom Girlfriends
  • Maya the Magnificent, the title elephant of the 1966 film and 1967 TV series Maya, scripted by Jalal Din
  • Maya, a minor character in Battlestar Galactica
  • Maya Avant, a character from The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Maya Matlin, a character in the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Maya Hart, a character in the Disney channel show Girl Meets World
  • Maya DiMeo, a take-charge British mother on the ABC family sitcom Speechless
  • Maya Vie, a minor character on The CW's The 100


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