[mey-yuh, mahy-uh]
Maia. 1 In Greek mythology, oldest of the Pleiades. She was the mother of Hermes by Zeus. 2 In Roman mythology, goddess of fertility; also called Maiesta. She was often identified with Bona Dea. The month of May was probably named for her.
Maia is a female given name of Greek origin. Together with other similar words, it may refer to:




  • Maia (mythology), the eldest of the Pleiades in Greek mythology, also identified with an Ancient Italic goddess of spring

Literature and fiction

  • Maia (novel), a fantasy novel by Richard Adams
  • Os Maias or "The Maias", a realist novel by Eça de Queirós, named after the protagonist family
  • Maia (Middle-earth), one from the race of divine beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth writings
  • Maia Skouris (née Rutledge), a character on the USA Network science fiction TV show The 4400
  • Maia Jeffries, a character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street
  • Maia Sterling, a character from the Robotech anime series
  • Maia Acheron, a character in Jak and Daxter
  • Maia, the name given to Thumbelina by her husband in Hans Christian Andersen's original story of Thumbelina
  • Maia, a fictional novel supposedly written by the main character in Death in Venice
  • Maya Herrera, a character in the second season of the American series Heroes
  • Maia, Queen of Hallasar in the video game Summoner 2 is the reincarnation of the goddess Laharah


  • Maia (star), the third brightest star in the Pleiades open star cluster
  • FC Maia, a Portuguese football club
  • Short S.21 Maia, a piggyback long-range flying boat combination

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