Maia (play /ˈm.ə/) is a female given name of Greek origin. Together with other similar words, it may refer to:



  • Maia (mythology), the eldest of the Pleiades in Greek mythology, also identified with an Ancient Italic goddess of spring and the most beautiful.

Literature, fiction and entertainment

  • Maia (novel), a fantasy novel by Richard Adams
  • Os Maias or "The Maias", a realist novel by Eça de Queirós, named after the protagonist family
  • Maia (Middle-earth), one of a race of beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings
  • Maia Skouris (née Rutledge), a character on the USA Network science fiction TV show The 4400
  • Maia Jeffries, a character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street
  • Maïa, a 1910 opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Maia Sterling, a character from the Robotech anime series
  • Maia, the name given to Thumbelina by her newlywed husband, the King of the Spirit of the Flowers, in Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale "Thumbelina"
  • Maia, Queen of Hallasar and reincarnation of the goddess Laharah in the video game Summoner 2
  • Maia Mizuki, the protagonist of the anime Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
  • Maia, a werewolf character in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Place names

New Zealand

  • Maia, New Zealand, a suburb of the city of Dunedin, New Zealand


  • Maia, Porto, Portugal
  • Maia (Ribeira Grande), a parish in Ribeira Grande Municipality in the Azores, Portugal


  • Maia, Ialomiţa, a commune in Ialomiţa County
  • Maia, a village in Bobâlna Commune, Cluj County
  • Maia, a village in Bereni Commune, Mureş County

United Kingdom

  • Maia, a Roman fort located in Bowness-on-Solway, England


Gender Female
Word/Name Greek
Meaning "great" or "mother"[1]


  • Maia (star), the third brightest star in the Pleiades open star cluster
  • F.C. Maia, a Portuguese football club
  • Short S.21 Maia, a piggyback long-range flying boat combination

See also

  • Majo or Maja, terms for people from the lower classes of Spanish society
  • Maja (disambiguation)
  • Mya (disambiguation)
  • Maya (disambiguation)
  • All pages beginning with "Maia"
  • All pages with titles containing "Maia"

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  • maïa — maïa …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Maïa — Maia Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour l’article homophone, voir Maya. Maia ou Maïa ou parfois Maya est un nom propre ou commun qui peut désigner  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maia — ist: in der antiken Mythologie: Maia (Mythologie), die Mutter des Götterboten Hermes in der griechischen Mythologie Maia (Römische Mythologie), eine altitalische Quellengöttin Name einer Person: die Amme des altägyptischen Königs Tutanchamun,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Maía — Birth name Mónica Vives Orozco Also known as Maía Born 1982, Barranquilla, Colombia Origin …   Wikipedia

  • maïa — [ maja ] n. m. • 1801; lat. maia ou moea ♦ Zool. Grand crabe (malacostracés) à la carapace couverte de tubercules velus, communément appelé araignée de mer. ⊗ HOM. Maya. ● maja ou maïa nom masculin (latin maia) Nom générique de l araignée de mer …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • maia — MAIÁ s.f. Ferment; drojdie; p.ext. plămădeală. ♢ expr. A prinde maia = a prinde puteri, a se înviora. [pr.: ma ia] – Din tc. maya. Trimis de claudia, 10.05.2008. Sursa: DEX 98  MAIÁ s. 1. v. aluat. 2. v. drojdie …   Dicționar Român

  • Maia — puede referirse a: ● En la mitología griega, Maia es la mayor de las Pléyades, las siete hijas de Atlas y Pléyone. ● En la mitología romana, Maia fue identificada con Maia Maiestas, también llamada Fauna, Bona Dea (la Buena Diosa ) y Ops. ● En… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Maía — 180px Maía Datos generales Nombre real Mónica Vives Orozco Nacimiento 1982; Barranquilla, Colombia …   Wikipedia Español

  • Maia — Ma i*a, n. [From L. Maia, a goddess.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A genus of spider crabs, including the common European species ({Maia squinado}). (b) A beautiful American bombycid moth ({Eucronia maia}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maia — Roman goddess of fertility, L. Maia, lit. she who brings increase, related to magnus great (see MAGNATE (Cf. magnate)). Maia, one of the Pleiades, is from Gk. Maia, daughter of Atlas, mother of Hermes, lit. mother, good mother, dame; foster… …   Etymology dictionary

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