Thursday, 22 May 2014

Maya


"Walk in New York" by Maja Wronska


Gender: feminine
Pronunciation: MAY-ə, MIE-ə

The name Maya has different meanings; it can come from the Sanskrit meaning "illusion", the name of the mother of Siddhartha Gautama in Buddhist tradition and an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Durga. It can also come from the Hebrew mayim meaning "water". In Old Persian it means "generous". In the Nepali language, Maya means "love."

Maya is also a variant of Maia, a name of unknown meaning. In Greek and Roman mythology Maya was the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes.

The name can be used to refer to the Mayans, a culture in Southeastern Mexico and parts of Central America.

In Spanish speaking countries, Maya is used as a short form of Amalia or the Basque name Amaya. The variation Maja, can aslo be used as a short form of Maria or Mary in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Scandinavian countries.

   Related names:

Maia - Georgian (f)
Maj - Slovene (m)
Maja - Croatian, Danish, German, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Slovene, Swedish (f)
 
   Name days:

Bulgaria: May 1


Maya is ranked #72 in the United States, #53 in England/Wales, #19 in Canada, #50 in Australia, #72 in Belgium, #79 in France, #80 in Ireland, #207 in Netherlands, #87 in Norway, and #56 in Scotland.

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