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pickleandflux Mon 29-Jun-15 17:30:04

Our baby will be mixed Indian and British, and will have my husband's Indian surname. He is keen that the baby doesn't have a typically Indian first name, since the surname is already. The thing is that I really love Indian names, so I'm trying to come up with ideas that will keep us both happy.

What do you think of the name Maya? My main reservation is that it might lead to confusion about pronounciation. I think it is meant to be pronounced MY-a, but wonder if people might say MAY-a. I guess we could spell it Mya, but that's not the Indian/Sanskrit spelling.

Maybe I'm over-thinking!!! Any other nice name ideas?


hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Mon 29-Jun-15 17:32:46

I like the name and would pronounce Maya as MY-a too.

mappemonde Mon 29-Jun-15 17:33:02

I read that as May-a, which I think is pretty but think if you feel strongly about pronunciation you may have to spell differently

MamaLazarou Mon 29-Jun-15 17:38:25

Just a warning: Maya is very, very popular at the moment. I know of four born in the last year.

I don't think anyone will struggle to pronounce it.

MamaLazarou Mon 29-Jun-15 17:40:42

How about Mahiya?

NadiaWadia Mon 29-Jun-15 17:45:47

It is supposed to be pronounced My-a, like you said. Lovely name.

Sleepybeanbump Mon 29-Jun-15 17:46:38

Is Maya popular now? I thought it was Mia that was everywhere.

Op I think it's a lovely name and good idea. I think I've only ever heard it pronounced MY-a.

Zakken Mon 29-Jun-15 17:50:55


pickleandflux Mon 29-Jun-15 17:53:33

Thanks all! I also like Anya, but worried she would get nicknamed Lasagna!

Belazu84 Mon 29-Jun-15 19:31:57

Maya and Anya both lovely

Iliveinalighthousewith2friendl Mon 29-Jun-15 20:02:59

Very pretty name but., one rule with names is spell it how you want it pronounced or you/she will be forever correcting people, so. If you want it pronounced Mya, spell it that way.

GinUpGirl Mon 29-Jun-15 20:06:07

Maya is Mya, Mia is mee-ah.

I think it is gorgeous. The only Anya I know is Russian, and uses it as a less formal version of Anna.

MadameJosephine Mon 29-Jun-15 20:07:41

Both gorgeous names, I prefer Maya out of the two though.

How about Amna? I know a lovely Indian lady named Amna and I've always loved it

Stoneysilence Mon 29-Jun-15 20:21:37

Both Maya and Anya are beautiful ancient goddess type names. Mya would remind me of the cosmetic surgery brand, sorry.

Have you thought about Martha or Zara?

Sophronia Mon 29-Jun-15 20:27:44

Maya is nice, but it is getting quite popular I think, it was #51 in 2013 and I wouldn't be surprised if it ranked higher now.

Other suggestions...


Wheresthattoo Mon 29-Jun-15 20:43:28

I know a May-a in her 30's, I thought Maia was Mya?

MamaLazarou Mon 29-Jun-15 20:51:43

Anya is lovely. How about Ayla?

pickleandflux Mon 29-Jun-15 21:07:56

Lots of fab ideas! Now just need to persuade DH!

Jennifersrabbit Mon 29-Jun-15 21:10:11

My Indian/English friend has a gorgeous little Anya. She has been nicknamed all sorts of cute things but I have never heard Lasagna! Wouldn't have occurred to me so you may be overthinking that one smile

SanityClause Mon 29-Jun-15 21:14:59

I would pronounce Maya, Muh-Yuh, but that's a European pronunciation.

I like Nishika, Kavika, Namita, Sarita and Anushka.

manicinsomniac Mon 29-Jun-15 23:05:53

I really like Maya (whether it's pronounced Maia or Maya) and Anya.

As alternatives how about Mala, Lana or Farrah?

Sisterjacqueline Tue 30-Jun-15 18:06:46

I love maya, Mia, Mya.

Also anya is nice and, as is Amaya.

pickleandflux Tue 30-Jun-15 18:51:21

Seems like an unusually high level of agreement that they are nice names! Now we just need to choose smile

RiverTam Tue 30-Jun-15 18:53:49

Maya (correct pronunciation Mya, no need to misspell it hmm) is a lovely name.

What about Layla?

ThursdayLast Tue 30-Jun-15 18:56:21

I actually know a little girl called Maya, pronounced My-a who has an English mother and Indian father!

It works perfectly for her smile

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