Maya

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Maya mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Maya

"Maya" is a name of English origin, and it means "Form of May or Maia". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ma"ya
Senses
  1. [Hindu Philos] The name (in Vedantic philosphy) for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.
  2. [Hindu Philos] the Hindu goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.RHUD
  3. [Hindu Philos] the power to produce illusions.RHUD
noun Ma"ya
Senses
  1. the Indian people occupying the area of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Yucatan, together with a part of Guatemala and a part of Salvador. The Maya peoples are dark, short, and brachycephalic, and at the time of the discovery had attained a higher grade of culture than any other American people. They cultivated a variety of crops, were expert in the manufacture and dyeing of cotton fabrics, used cacao as a medium of exchange, and were workers of gold, silver, and copper. Their architecture comprised elaborately carved temples and palaces, and they possessed a superior calendar, and a developed system of hieroglyphic writing, with records said to go back to about 700 a. d.
  2. the language of the Mayas.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A family of American Indian languages spoken by Mayas
  2. An ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas
  3. A member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy ("Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar")
Wiktionary

Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

  1. A Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Guatemala in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  2. Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.
  3. A member or descendant of these people.

From Maria, ultimately from Hebrew, and from Maia, from Latin.

  1. A female given name of modern usage.

Borrowing from Sanskrit माया (māyā́).

  1. In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
  2. A female given name used in India.

    Maya was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Maya

    Maya Angelou was an author, poet, civil rights activist, and activism. Her career lasted from 1969 to 2014. Maya was given the name Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4th, 1928 in St. Louis. She breathed her last breath on May 28th, 2014.

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    Maya Rudolph is an actor, comedian, and actress. She was most active from 1996 to present. Maya was given the name Maya Khabira Rudolph by her parents Richard Rudolph, Chess, GRT, Epic, and Capitol on July 27th, 1972 in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.

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    Maya Soetoro-Ng is a writer. Maya was given the name Maya Kasandra Soetoro by her parents Lolo Soetoro and Ann Dunham on August 15th, 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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    Maya Lin is an artist in the fields of art, architecture, memorials, and memorial. Maya was born on October 5th, 1959 in Athens, Ohio, U.S.

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    Maya Ali is an actress, model, and vj. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maya was given the name Maryam Ali on July 27th, 1989.

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    Maya Moore is a basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx, Ros Casares Valencia, and Shanxi Flame in the Women's National Basketball Association. She has been prominent since 2011. Maya was born on June 11th, 1989 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Maya

    Edward Maya is a house music and electro (music) musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Edward was given the name Eduard Marian Ilie on June 29th, 1986.

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    Luna Maya is an actress, model, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Luna was given the name Luna Maya Sugeng on August 26th, 1983 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

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    Maya is a singing, actor, singer, and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Maya was given the name Kim Young-sook on November 17th, 1975 in Chungju.

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    Yunesky Maya is a baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Yunesky was born on August 28th, 1981 in Pinar del Río.

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    Guerrero was born on August 8th, 1985 in Atlixco. Guerrero is also known as Multifacetico and Samba.

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    How popular is the baby name Maya in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1940 5 5 0
    1942 5 5 0
    1943 5 5 0
    1949 10 10 0
    1950 7 7 0
    1951 8 8 0
    1952 7 7 0
    1953 15 15 0
    1954 9 9 0
    1955 9 9 0
    1956 11 11 0
    1957 12 12 0
    1958 13 13 0
    1959 20 20 0
    1960 28 28 0
    1961 18 18 0
    1962 36 36 0
    1963 23 23 0
    1964 37 37 0
    1965 30 30 0
    1966 50 50 0
    1967 45 45 0
    1968 69 69 0
    1969 96 96 0
    1970 142 142 0
    1971 135 135 0
    1972 148 148 0
    1973 123 123 0
    1974 169 169 0
    1975 191 186 5
    1976 212 212 0
    1977 343 343 0
    1978 296 296 0
    1979 385 385 0
    1980 397 397 0
    1981 323 323 0
    1982 346 346 0
    1983 289 289 0
    1984 241 241 0
    1985 249 249 0
    1986 233 233 0
    1987 288 288 0
    1988 287 287 0
    1989 353 342 11
    1990 651 651 0
    1991 574 574 0
    1992 695 695 0
    1993 1,018 1,013 5
    1994 1,130 1,130 0
    1995 1,240 1,240 0
    1996 1,451 1,444 7
    1997 1,675 1,675 0
    1998 2,694 2,685 9
    1999 2,862 2,854 8
    2000 3,023 3,017 6
    2001 3,015 3,010 5
    2002 3,548 3,543 5 #90 girl name
    2003 3,862 3,849 13 #84 girl name
    2004 3,771 3,766 5 #83 girl name
    2005 4,437 4,428 9 #73 girl name
    2006 5,052 5,046 6 #57 girl name
    2007 4,704 4,699 5 #62 girl name
    2008 4,274 4,265 9 #71 girl name
    2009 4,402 4,390 12 #61 girl name
    2010 3,976 3,967 9 #66 girl name
    2011 4,024 4,016 8 #64 girl name
    2012 3,982 3,974 8 #63 girl name
    2013 3,827 3,820 7 #72 girl name
    2014 3,947 3,947 0 #74 girl name
    2015 4,125 4,125 0 #68 girl name
    2016 4,080 4,075 5 #64 girl name
    2017 4,008 4,008 0 #61 girl name

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    Popularity of Maya as a first name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Maya U.S.
      White 8.96% 64.26%
      African American 1.32% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.58% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.45% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 87.29% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Maya

    People with the last name Maya are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Maya

    • What name lists does Maya rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Maya? Maya is the 680th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Maya was the 61st most popular name. As a last name Maya was the 3,466th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Maya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 91,765 babies born with the first name Maya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Maya to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Maya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1940 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Maya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Maya is Sunday, December 2nd, 1883.
    • What year had the most people named Maya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Maya was in 2006 with a total of 5,046 babies. That's a lot of babies named Maya!
    • Random Maya Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Maya ranks 61st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 80 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 2010.
    • Weird things about the name Maya: Your name in reverse order is Ayam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amay. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Maya? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,313 people with the last name Maya.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Maya? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Maya as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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