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I love this name as MY-a or MAH-ya (not sure how to explain the pronunciation but they sound the same when said quickly). It is so beautiful.
I have never heard it as MAY-a. That pronunciation doesn't make much sense to me and seems kind of modern and trendy.
I like it pronounced MIE-uh, but I also like MAY-uh.
Maia is eldest of the seven Pleiades in Greek mythology, and it also means strength or warrior in Maori. I used to want to spell my name with a y instead of an i, but now I'm glad I have the i. Surprisingly I do have mutual friends who have it spelt the same way. All- in- all, I do think it's a cool name.
Maia Mitchell (b. 18 August 1993) is an Australian actress and singer who currently stars in the American TV series 'The Fosters', portraying Callie Quinn Jacob. She also co-stars with Ross Lynch in the Disney Channel movies, 'Teen Beach Movie' and 'Teen Beach Movie 2'.
Maia Brewton (born 1977 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress.
Maia Shibutani (born 1994 in New York City) is an American ice dancer.
Maia is a character in Cassandra Clare's series The Mortal Instruments. In the book, Maia is a werewolf.
In Albanian maja=top=apex=peak=summit.
*starts singing*

Ma-ia hii!
Ma-ia huu!
Ma-ia hoo!
Ma-ia haha!

Okay. Sorry. I just could not resist. God, I love that song! My mum's singing it right now. And for those of you who care: That part of the song doesn't mean anything. It's just sounds. (The rest of the song is actual Romanian.)

Well, it's an okay name, but it will always remind me of that song, as will aeroplanes, white trousers, Picasso, and sunglasses. (Not that this is a BAD thing, mind you.)
This is also the Basque form of Maria. [noted -ed]
In Hans Christian Andersen's story Thumbelina, Maia is the name given to Thumbelina by the fairies at the end of the story when she marries their king. I like it - it's charming.
The name of the race of wizards in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
The race in Tolkien was the Maiar. A single individual would be a Maia. Despite that, I think this is a beautiful name that does not call attention to itself as in some way connected to popular/genre literature that is not everyone's cup of tea. How many hardcore Tolkien nerds (yours truly included) are out there to prejudice this great name?

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