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Are Mia and Maya the same name?

(32 Posts)
EssentialHummus Sat 11-Mar-17 18:16:29

Do you see these names as being variations of one name?

We have a Maya in the family and it's not the done thing for us to name after living relatives - just wondering if we can get away with Mia.

Cosmicglitterpug Sat 11-Mar-17 18:20:54

I think they're different, they're pronounced differently aren't they? May-a and My-a (Mia)? Or is it Me-a?
If they are pronounced differently then I'd say fine.

user1483387154 Sat 11-Mar-17 18:22:47

I agree with Cosmic, different names pronounced differently. I like both of them.

WreckTangled Sat 11-Mar-17 18:23:15

It depends if Mia is pronounced me-ah or my-ah. The latter sounds quite similar but the former does not.

HardcoreLadyType Sat 11-Mar-17 18:27:58

Mia is pronounced mee-ah.

Maya is pronounced Muh-yuh. (Think short Italian "a").

They are both lovely, and have both been very popular for the last 20 years.

EssentialHummus Sat 11-Mar-17 18:29:03

Interesting, thanks all. wreck I'd naturally pronounce Mia as Me-ah, just going off the ones I've met.

TheOnlyLivingToyInNewYork Sat 11-Mar-17 18:29:59

Maya is pronounced Muh-yuh

it really isn't.

KoalaDownUnder Sat 11-Mar-17 18:31:42

Maya is pronounced my-uh, surely?

Mia is me-uh.

Different names, in my book.

WreckTangled Sat 11-Mar-17 18:31:50

I don't think they're too similar at all then. I would also say me-ah. Ds has a Mia in his class pronounced my-ah though, her mum isn't English though so maybe that's why smile

FrenchLavender Sat 11-Mar-17 18:32:16

I pronounce Mia like Mee-a and Maya like My-a.

I don't think of them as the same name.

llangennith Sat 11-Mar-17 18:32:27

What about the Welsh name Mair? Pronounced My-er by English people.

ByTheWishingWell Sat 11-Mar-17 18:32:32

Going off the ones I've met, I'd assume Maya is pronounced My-ah and Mia is pronounced Me-ah.

Whatslovegottodo Sat 11-Mar-17 18:33:02

I think it's a confusing one as I know 'Mia' pronounced me-ah and my -ah, and 'Maya' pronounced may-ah and my-ah!
So both have different potential pronounciations and a chance they could be the same way.

KoalaDownUnder Sat 11-Mar-17 18:34:13

Actually, I do know one Maya pronounced May-uh. It always seems kind of wrong to me.

EdenX Sat 11-Mar-17 18:35:31

Generally I think Mia is mee-ah

Maya can be my-ah or may-ah.

flowery Sat 11-Mar-17 18:35:45

I'd pronounce Maya as my-ah, Mia as me-ah

BackforGood Sat 11-Mar-17 18:39:05

I'd have though Mia is usually pronounced Me - ah
That Maya would be pronounced May-ah
and that Mya would be pronounced My-ah

but (in my job I come across lots of people that I have to then write down their names) life has taught me it is never that simple and you get all sorts of varieties of what you might expect to be simple and straight forward.

EssentialHummus Sat 11-Mar-17 18:42:40

llan Mair is beautiful, but we are having a hard enough time of it looking for a name that works in English, Hebrew and Russian, and I thinking sticking Welsh in there is a bridge too far grin. (Also visually looks very similar to the Hebrew boys' name Meir/Meyer.)

SuperBeagle Sat 11-Mar-17 20:45:19

Maya is MY-uh, as far as I know (and in my experience), whereas Mia is ME-uh.

I much prefer Mia.

crapfatbanana Sat 11-Mar-17 20:48:56

Mia - mee-ya. A bit drippy. Not keen.

Maya - My-ya. Fierce. Cool.

In my very humble opinion.

ChippieBeanAndHorro Sat 11-Mar-17 20:50:42

They aren't the same at all imo.

And as long as they aren't sisters it's perfectly alright.

I have cousins called Milo, Mila, Miro and Mira... Which is a bit too much imo. But not confusing ;) (unless you meet all the other cousins. Grandpa was the 13th child...)

ChippieBeanAndHorro Sat 11-Mar-17 20:51:42

But tbh, I prefer Maya to Mia. Mia just means "mine" (to me personally), which isn't all that nice, tbh... Sorry.

OneSecondAfter Sat 11-Mar-17 21:05:30

To me they are pronounced

Mia = Mee-a
Maya = My-a

So quite different, yes.

alteredimages Sat 11-Mar-17 21:11:58

Definitely different names EssentialHummus. It's really tricky finding names that work in multiple languages.

On the other hand, be aware that there is truly horrendous kids tv programme called Mia and Me. It is a pastiche of every crap children's fantasy story ever.

fueledbybacon Sat 11-Mar-17 21:15:40

Mia means mine in Italian. Pronounced Me-ah its a shorter pronunciation than Mee-ah as said above.

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