isn't a Native American personal name. It's the name of a civilisation that existed in the Mexico area up until European colonisation.
A person doesn't have to be Indian, Jewish, Greek (see Maia
) or Native American to have the name Maya
. It's quite common in mainstream naming (as you can see in the popularity data here: http://www.behindthename.com/top/search.php?terms=maya
And yes, it's quite common for Native or Aboriginal families to have European surnames like Williams. This can occur one of two ways: firstly, by the imposition of European names on Aboriginal peoples by colonists; and secondly, through intermarriage.
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