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Is Maya a Muslim name?

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bluemango Mon 05-Jan-09 22:07:43

I know lots of Muslims with the name Maya but when I look up the meaning, most books and websites say it's Hindu or European. I really like it but am a bit concerned as I'd like an Islamically acceptable name.

I think Maya can mean water in Arabic, and maybe something to do with faith or belief in God in Urdu??

Does anyone know if these are true or of any other meanings?


saramoon Tue 06-Jan-09 19:32:23

Mot sure, just asked my DH who is Muslim and he has sisters called Maha, Maida, Moona and Manaland a cousin Mya and he is not sure either. Sorry. We had problems choosing names for our DD as we agreed they would have names that were muslim - finally chose Yasmin and Hanna.
However if you know Muslims with this name, surely it must be Islamic.

Tinker Tue 06-Jan-09 19:39:24

I know a Hindu Maya. Not sure if that's very helpful really.

nowwearefour Tue 06-Jan-09 19:40:36

i have a muslim friend with a name maya. so it must be at least acceptable as their family had no problems with it!

SilverSixpence Wed 07-Jan-09 09:57:04

Not sure what it means, but a relative of DH has a daughter called Maya. Even if it is hindu/european name then as long as it isnt a specifically religious meaning e.g. name of a god etc I wouldn't see it as a problem

pinkmagic1 Wed 07-Jan-09 15:11:59

Agree Silversixpence. You can use any name as long as it dosn't mean anything horrible or negative or is directly connected to a non Muslim religion. If it was the name of a Hindu Goddess for instance it would be forbidden, but if it just meant something like 'pretty flower in Hindi it would be fine. My daughter is yasmin, a very common Muslim name but after all not a religious name, just the Persian form of a certain type of flower.

pinkmagic1 Wed 07-Jan-09 15:16:27

Just looked it up on and it says it means 'princess'.

abraid Wed 07-Jan-09 15:21:30

It can also be a variation of Maia--a Nordic name (of a goddess--I THINK).

mixedmama Sat 10-Jan-09 21:30:57

A friend of mine recently called her daughter this and had a lot of negative views from people. Her research said that Maya means Princess in Arabic.

As far as I knwo altho it is preferable to have an Islamic name, where I come from they always refer to it as a name that passes in the Koran, however, the most important thing is that the name has a meaning. Sorry if I repeated anything I only read the original post.

pgwithnumber3 Sat 10-Jan-09 21:33:39

I have a Maya and not one person has ever mentioned it being Muslim but I don't know any Muslims so I suppose they wouldn't know!

Are you not allowed to use a name that means Princess in Arabic if you are a Muslim mixedmama?

CoteDAzur Sat 10-Jan-09 21:38:38

Maya is a major God in Hindu religion. That is why it is a name in India.

I don't think it is a Muslim name.

CoteDAzur Sat 10-Jan-09 21:42:50

By the way, in Arabic:

Princess = "Ameera"

bluemango Sat 10-Jan-09 22:40:16

Thanks everyone. I really like the name and assumed it was Muslim because I know so many Muslims with the name. However, now I don't know what to do.

I guess I wanted some Muslims to let me know why they'd chosen it or what they think it means.

Thanks again! Any advice welcome...

firstontheway Sun 11-Jan-09 20:06:31

Dh and I are muslim and plan to call our daughter Samayah, Maya for short smile
Is it possible that your friend's names are actually Sumayah/Samayah as this is a very common name of the first martyr in islam

nurali Wed 14-Jan-09 15:24:37

maya is not a muslim name it meens reflection and is mainly a hindu name from india, although people are crossing over and naming cross culturally e.g muslims with names as kiran, sonia, sabreena etc

mummo Thu 15-Jan-09 22:55:04

i have a maya too!
we chose it because it sort of crossed borders and continents, as we are a mixed race family. my best friend who is malaysian muslim has maya as one of her names. it is also a very popular hindu indian name. also extremely popular in the mexican/honduran areas as well, where it is more popular among the christians!
in sanskrit it translates to <power of a god to create an illusion>
in hebrew it is water
maya is also spelt maja,but still pronounced
ma-ya, and in eastern european countries is another name for mary/maria!
so there you go i did do my research before she was born and i am glad we picked it!
uma thurman called her ddaughter maya, and it is a very popular name in america.
have to admit that it was a a close call between maya and zara, which is another name that works across the borders!

candyfluff Sun 18-Jan-09 16:56:12

my dd's name means 'night' in hindu
her dad is muslim

AnnieLobeseder Mon 19-Jan-09 17:34:11

My DD1 is Maya, and I've met people from various cultures saying what a lovely name it is and how it means "xyz" in their language/culture. It seems to be a very global name, and one your DD should fit in nicely anywhere with!

syed376 Mon 10-Mar-14 09:46:52

Hi, I`m Muslim and I have my daughter name "MAYA BUKAHRI". please find the link on Muslim Girls Name at below. Its a beautiful name. It means "Princess". Its nothing to do with Hindu or other religion. This name has different meaning in every language. So if you are Muslim and wants to keep this name , please do it. Hope this will resolve the problem with name.

littleducks Mon 10-Mar-14 10:02:13

I don't believe it is a Muslim name, it doesn't have an Arabic door either as far as I know.

Out neighbours are Hindu and have a goddess statue of a Maya.

Hoppinggreen Mon 10-Mar-14 20:54:37

My friend has called her daughter Maya and she is Jamaican

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