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Etymology 1[edit]

Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

Proper noun[edit]

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Maya ‎(plural Mayas or Maya)

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

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External links[edit]

Ethnologue report on the Maya languages

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name of modern usage.
    • 1988 Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, Picasso, Creator and Destroyer, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671454463, page 240
      When her little friends asked her what her name was, her father replied that it was Conchita - his diminutive for Maria de la Concepción. "Con-what?" they would ask again, aware, apparently, that con in French is a fool, an idiot. So her parents started calling her Maria, which from the little girl's lips soon began to sound like Maya. "Maya!" exclaimed her father. "It's perfect. It means the greatest illusion on earth." So Maya it was from then on - Maya Walter.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Sanskrit

Proper noun[edit]


  1. In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
  2. A female given name used in India.
    • 1993 Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, Phoenix House, ISBN 1897580207, page 891
      Eventually, Pran and Savita decided by correspondence on Maya. Its two simple syllables meant, among other things: the goddess Lakshmi, illusion, fascination, art, the goddess Durga, kindness, and the name of the mother of Buddha. It also meant: ignorance, delusion, fraud, guile, and hypocrisy; but no one who named their daughter Maya ever paid any attention to those pejorative possibilities.
      - - - 'Why ever not, Ma?' said Meenakshi.'It's a very Bengali name, a very nice name.'



Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name, a modern spelling variant of Maja.



Maya m, f ‎(plural Mayas)

  1. Mayan (person)


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name of modern usage, a variant of Maja ( =Maria).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name
  2. a mountain name in Balkans