I made a comment here a while ago about my struggles with my name. I won't say they don't still exist, but in the past year I've come to enjoy my name more. There are some issues, however, such as the popularity. Maya is so popular among some groups of people that I've had to be Maya Helen, Maya W., Maya *insert last name*, so many times. However, among other groups of people, it's super uncommon and sounds weird. They'll call me Mia (mee- ah), like the commenter above said, and may - ah. And there are so many spellings...I understand Maia. It's a variant, yes, but it's also sort of its own separate name. I understand Maja and Maiya. I even understand Mayah. But people spell my name Mya all the freaking time and I hate it. Same with Myah, which, believe it or not, really is a common misspelling for me. Both look like they should be said like MWAH or something. I really hate it when people write my name down as Mya. Something about it just bothers me so much.

There was a period of time where I thought my name was the root of my issues, but that's passed, for the most part. I do still have insecurities related to my name. I just don't blame it for my other issues so much. I wanted to change my name for a long time, but no name felt right. I don't know if Maya did, but it felt better, and that was enough. If you want to name your daughter Maya, be careful. There's a lot more room for problems then it seems.

There are bright sides, though. My name has a bit of a cultural flair, which I like. It sounds good with my sister's name (Lila), and fits my personality pretty well. There's a kid who sings the Numa Numa song whenever he sees me. It's annoying. But I really don't care anymore. All in all, yeah, there are issues with this name. I'm also called Maya the Great by one of my best friends, and Mayanaise by another. The name has issues, but that doesn't make it unusable.
MayaHelen  2/2/2020
My name is Maya, I find it annoying that people spell my name Mia, that is (me-uh) not (my-uh). Please pronounce it correctly too. It is pronounced (my-uh) not (may-uh) nobody that I have ever met is named (may-uh). Thank you for your time. :)
maya1726  1/13/2020
Maya Anne is a youtuber.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2019
My name is Maya. I'm not named for this meaning, but I have to say it had a very lasting effect. This is kinda brutally honest - I AM an illusion. I'm never heard, never understood, never thought of, you know. It's almost like I don't exist to the world around me. And, well, seeing that my name meant illusion didn't exactly help. Still, I always liked this meaning. I like the mysteriousness and all. But it can be hard.
MayaHelen  3/20/2019
I only know one Maya, and she pronounces it "My-ya".
lily_m1102  2/1/2019
I love Maya, and I want to change my name to Maya Noëlle in the future.
babykaola  9/29/2018
The illusion meaning is sort of artistic in the Indian way, like something to do with mandalas or mythology.
Hushpuppy  1/22/2018
This name is pronounced (my-uh) not (may-uh), at least in the United States.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2016
Very popular name across many cultures. I feel like every multi-cultural couple I know names their daughter Maya. I know several in my group of friends. I personally wouldn't choose it because of its' popularity which will date the name. This is also true for Mia & possibly now Mila. Perhaps instead of these, consider the short & sweet Mina or Mira which will sound much more fresh but just as lovely.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2013
Means "materialism" in Sanskrit.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2011
Maya can be a Japanese name.
Meg_Simpson  2/27/2011
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam is the birth name of singer/songwriter M.I.A. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.
bibi66  6/9/2009
I know many many many many Mayas, and what I like about this name is that it can be used for many different races and ethnicities.

I wouldn't use it for the sole reason that it's too popular for me, but other than that it is a fabulous name.
margs66  12/14/2008
I prefer it pronounced Mie-a.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2008
Director Pavlína Moskalyková and Matthew Solo have a daughter Maya Solo.
Emilie007  9/7/2008
Actress Sabina Laurinová and stomatologist Karel Kameník have a daughter Maya Kameníková, born 28th August 2008.
Emilie007  8/29/2008
Maya is the main character in the book Motherland by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan.
bibi66  8/8/2008
Pronounced "Mie-a".
Karcoolka  2/25/2008
Maya was the main character in the book Motherland by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2008
I like this name. I met a little Asian girl named Maya Mae a few weeks ago, and I've liked this name for a while, even before meeting her. This name is sweet for a little girl, and it goes well with an older woman or teenager too. Although it seems as though the only people with this name that I meet are Asian or Latino, I still like this name. I think it is adorable on Asian and Latino children. The name suits them, as it sweet and every one of them I have met have had a very good personality and attitude.
Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
Maya Fey is a main character in the game series Ace Attorney for the DS.
meganmichele  1/4/2008
Maya it is also a Japanese name (I don't know the meaning, a derivation of the name is Mayako that means child of Maya).
― Anonymous User  5/3/2007
For the person who does not know the meaning in japanese - ma means true, ya is night. Though it's more common to spell it maaya, ma for true, aya for rainbow.
reina  9/6/2008
This was the name of Queen Maya, the mother of Buddha.
Morsa  1/18/2007
I know someone who spells their name this way, but pronounces it MY-ah.
vine  11/14/2006
Sanskrit: In addition to its meaning "illusion" in Sanskrit, Maya is also another name for Durga or Parvati (Goddess of power).
pan15  6/8/2006
Maya Rudolph is a cast member on Saturday Night Live.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Maya Angelou is a famous poet and story teller.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2005
Maya in Greek means sorcery, witchcraft but it is not used as a name.
irini1756  3/25/2005

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