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rezzle Sat 03-Nov-12 16:17:49

Would you pronounce this name as my-a or may-a?

If you pronounce in may-a, how would you spell the my-a one?

scentednappyhag Sat 03-Nov-12 16:18:50

I'd pronounce it May-a.
And spell the other Mya.

MamaMary Sat 03-Nov-12 16:19:03

My-a. A really nice well to spell it. Maya Angelou - an inspirational woman.

Or Maia. Or Mya.

MrsDeVere Sat 03-Nov-12 16:23:50

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Gwennan Sat 03-Nov-12 16:36:39


MolotovBomb Sat 03-Nov-12 18:10:15


Someone I'm vaguely associated with has a Maia and the pronunciation is 'May-a' not 'My-a'.

I'm emboldening the 'not' because she nearly snapped my head off when I once said "Oooooh, 'My-a' what a gorgeous name!"

I think that your DD might have this confusion over her name presented to her quite a bit. I wouldn't let that put me off, but it is a factor, I think.

Yama Sat 03-Nov-12 18:12:36

I would pronounce it My-a. I love it. Considered it for dd and would've used it for ds if he'd been a dd. Love, love, love it.

Binkybix Sat 03-Nov-12 19:11:03

my-a. My friend's called Maya and she hates being called May-a. Makes her cross.

messtins Sat 03-Nov-12 21:17:25

My-a, only becaue it's my niece's name and that's how they pronounce it.

But really if you spell your name Maya and someone pronounces it May-a, you have no right to be cross.

bringbacksideburns Sat 03-Nov-12 21:19:33

My - a. This was one of the choices i had for my daughter. Lovely name!

123caughtaflea Sat 03-Nov-12 21:27:15

Never known Maya be anything other than May-a. Maia on the other hand can be (in my experience only obviously) My-a or May-a. Ameya/Amaya also interesting to pin down!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 03-Nov-12 21:28:49


Mya would be My-a.

Dramajustfollowsme Sat 03-Nov-12 21:31:29

My friend has a Maya. Her birth was announced by text and we weren't sure how to pronounce it. She is a My-a.

debdee Sat 03-Nov-12 22:13:44

My-a. We have a Maya smile. Yes we do get people calling her May-a, which I didn't realise would happen seeing I've always read it as My-a, but it doesn't annoy me &hopefully won't annoy DD too much

dementedma Sat 03-Nov-12 22:16:03

Friend has a Mia, pronounced My-ah. Confusing or what?

MoelFammau Sat 03-Nov-12 22:30:36

Maya was in our final two. We both LOVED it. We couldn't use it because we both work in animation and Maya is the name of the most famous computer animation software - it's sort of equal to a dressmaker calling their child Singer. Still regret it - it's a beautiful name.

rezzle Sat 03-Nov-12 22:46:41

I'm glad the majority seem to be going for My-a. I think if it was more 50/50 I would be a bit worried, but I can deal with a few people needing correcting. Anyway, I doubt anyone would persistently get it wrong after being corrected!

janey68 Sun 04-Nov-12 10:00:21

I would pronounce it My-a , because probably the best known one is Maya Angelou.

Littlefish Sun 04-Nov-12 10:04:17

I have two in my nursery, both called May-a.

dysfunctionalme Sun 04-Nov-12 10:07:30

My-a but everyone gets Mia and Maya mixed up and there are quite a lot of little ones (of both) around

Celestialcloud Sun 04-Nov-12 10:09:07

Ooh, perfectly timed thread! I'd pronounce it my-a like maya Rudolph (from bridesmaids). I love it, plus I'm due in may so like the spelling maya.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 04-Nov-12 10:12:42

My DD is Mya.

I prefer Maya spelling but was concerned for the pronunciation.
Another alternative is Miya.

Still prefer Maya myself though

rezzle Sun 04-Nov-12 17:26:54

I like the Mya spelling, actually. Less fond of Miya or Maia. Thanks for all of your help!

jumpingjane Sun 04-Nov-12 22:31:35

As far as I know, the Mya spelling is a made up one, a variant of Maya which has origins in several languages.

I would pn Maya as My-ah.
I think the May-ah pronunciation is also made up. The Sanskrit Maya and the Greek Maia were both pn My-ah.

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