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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Manaia mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Manaia

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  • According to a user from Australia, the name Manaia is of Maori origin and means "Manaia is a mythological creature in Maori culture it is common in wood carvings and also jewellery it has a head of a bird tail of a fish and a body of a man. The Manaia is traditionally believed to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits, and its symbol is used as a guardian against evil.".
  • A submission from New Zealand says the name Manaia means "Guardian" and is of Maori origin.
  • A user from New Zealand says the name Manaia is of Maori origin and means "Mythical creature, a moari carving or a seahorse".
Other origins: New Zealand

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Borrowing from Maori manaia.

  1. A bird-headed mythological creature and symbol of protection in Māori mythology.

manaia was also found in the following language(s): Maori and Samoan

Notable Persons Named Manaia

Manaia was born on March 26th, 1986.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Manaia

Wiremu was born in New Zealand. He died in 1892.


Fun Facts about the name Manaia

  • How Popular is the name Manaia? Manaia is the 27,135th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Manaia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 196 babies born with the first name Manaia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Manaia to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Manaia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2000 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Manaia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Manaia is Sunday, June 20th, 1926.
  • What year had the most people named Manaia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Manaia was in 2015 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Random Manaia Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Manaia is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Manaia: Your name in reverse order is Aianam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inaaam. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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