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Maia or Maya

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reddoreddo Sat 15-Jan-11 10:53:06

We would like to call our daughter, due any day now, Maia
or Maya,
pronunced MY-A

what do you reckon, maia or maya and which one of them will people know the right way to say it ?

WiiUnfit Sat 15-Jan-11 10:59:05

I think that, unfortunately, your DD will spend her live telling people "not May-a, My-a" and having to spell it, it is a lovely name though. Hope this helps! confused

Maybe Mia or Mya?

lilly13 Sat 15-Jan-11 13:45:26

Maya!

Nando95 Sat 15-Jan-11 18:24:03

I love the name you have chosen especially the 'i' spelling however to me MY-A is spelt MYA the other 2 names are MAY-A/MAI-A so it may lead to a fair bit of confusion. Agree with Wii-unfit- the spelling Mya would stop any confusion! It is a lovely name tho I am 37 weeks pregnant with a girl and its in my top ten x x x

Nando95 Sat 15-Jan-11 18:24:28

I love the name you have chosen especially the 'i' spelling however to me MY-A is spelt MYA the other 2 names are MAY-A/MAI-A so it may lead to a fair bit of confusion. Agree with Wii-unfit- the spelling Mya would stop any confusion! It is a lovely name tho I am 37 weeks pregnant with a girl and its in my top ten x x x

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 15-Jan-11 18:26:31

Maya. It's a well known enough name, can't see anyone not being able to pronounce it. Mia is Mee-a and Mya is just silly.

AnnieLobeseder Sat 15-Jan-11 18:34:29

I have a Maya, pronounced My-Ah, and people keep pronouncing it Meeya or Mayer.

Both very annoying!

Someone at work has a Maya too, but they pronounce it Mayer.

I've thought about how I could have spelled it differently so people wouldn't get it wrong, but haven't some up with an answer.

There seem to be more Mayas around than ever, so I'm always surprised when people don't know how to pronounce it.

I saw a restaurant called Miah yesterday, maybe that's another idea...

hastingsmum Sat 15-Jan-11 18:47:54

Love Maia, bit agree, she will forever have to tell people how to pronounce it. What's wrong with Mia if that's how you want to say it, then people won't get it wrong?

Anyway I think both Maya and Maia are lovely names...

OhBuggerandArse Sat 15-Jan-11 19:06:52

Maia is the correct spelling of the name. Maya ia the mesoamerican civilisation. Any of those makey-uppy respellings are just naff. I don't think you need to worry about the opinions of people who are easily confused by spellings.

goplayout Sat 15-Jan-11 19:08:01

I think people will read Maya or Maia as May-a.

If you want to be sure people will read it as Myer, then you will have to spell it MYA or MYER.

As AnnieLob said her daughter gets called Meeya, Mayer or Myer despite it being spelt Maya. I don't mind the name so much but would be put off by having to constantly correct people..

Sorrysad

Tikkabillajive Sat 15-Jan-11 19:11:07

I would pronounce

Maia as My-a
Maya as May-a
and
Mia as Mee-a

Of the above I definitely prefer Maia.

AnnieLobeseder Sat 15-Jan-11 19:16:59

OhBuggerandArse - it's not as simple as saying one spelling is the correct one. I've found that many cultures have the name Maya, and it has many spellings and many meanings. For example, we chose as because it's a popular Israeli name (though oddly not of Hebrew origin) and DH is Israeli.

I chose to spell it Maya because of the mesoamerican civilisation. I figured people would recognise the word and pronunciation. But you'd be amazed at the number of blank faces I get when I say "Maya, you know, like the ancient south Aamerican people?"

Sighs.....

NannyState Sat 15-Jan-11 19:33:48

I've always thought Maya and Maia were pronounced the same way. This new fangled May-a pronunciation is most strange.

Mia is Mee-ah.

Nando95 Sun 16-Jan-11 21:30:15

Mya is a genuine spelling of the name- I think it is the Welsh variation though. As previously stated the name is lovely x

Nando95 Sun 16-Jan-11 21:30:36

Mya is a genuine spelling of the name- I think it is the Welsh variation though. As previously stated the name is lovely x

expectingno3 Sun 16-Jan-11 21:49:50

I like the Maia way of spelling it. Lovely name.

lal123 Sun 16-Jan-11 21:52:01

We have a Maia - but be prepared for noone to be able to spell it and lots of cards addressed to Miai.......

Plonker Sun 16-Jan-11 23:36:45

Love the spelling Maia but if I saw this spelling I would pn it May - ah.

Likewise, I would also pn Maya as May - ah.

I would pn Mya as My - ah.

And obviously Mia as Mee - ah.

natto Sun 16-Jan-11 23:49:39

Both are lovely and I would automatically pronounce both as My-a.
I do know know one Maya pronounced May-a though.
Go with whichever spelling you prefer.

Edmundo Mon 17-Jan-11 11:34:36

Maia. I pronouce it as My-a. Maya I'd be tempted to pronounce May-a

MrsGrowbag Mon 17-Jan-11 12:18:06

When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband was really keen on the name Maia for a girl, and thought it should be pronounced "Mayer" but when we talked to other people they all said it should be pronounced "Mya" which left us very confused. To be honest, I thought that if no one was sure about the name's pronounciation then we should probably avoid using it and go with second choice (Florence). As it happens, my bump turned into DS1 so we never had to make a decision about a girl's name. Personally, I think I would have regretted using the name. depends if you are happy for ehr to ahve to keep explaining the pronounciation as she grows up....

growing3rdbump Mon 17-Jan-11 13:40:23

Mya

moogalicious Mon 17-Jan-11 13:46:33

Not Mya!!

I have a Maya (pronounced My-ah) and as other posters have said, I am forever correcting spelling and pronunciation.

Maya is a correct spelling not a silly made up spelling hmm- it is spelt differently around the world eg Maja, Maya Angelou etc

I also like the Maia spelling but always thought that was pronounced May-a confused

moogalicious Mon 17-Jan-11 13:47:47

I Stand corrected on Mya Nando blush

NadiaWadia Mon 17-Jan-11 15:13:36

I would assume Maya was pronounced My-ah. Lovely name and multi-cultural, as others have said.

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