Maya, meaning “illusion” in Hindi culture, is a great name for girl dogs who are shy or independent. Find out more about dogs named Maya.


Name: Maya

Meaning: This name has multiple meanings. In Hindu culture, it means “illusion” but can also be an alternate name for the goddess Durga. In Hebrew, Maya is a shortened form of “ma’ayan,” meaning a spring or brook. In Old Persian, Maya means “generous.” It is also an alternate spelling of Maia, the name of a Greek and Roman goddess. In New Zealand, Maia means “courage” or “bravery.” In the Tupi language Maya means “mother,” and in the Nepali language it means “love.”

Personality: Shy, Independent

About This Name: Author and poet Maya Angelou was a well-known cultural figure. Other famous Mayas include Maya Thompson (a songwriter), Maya Ying Lin (an architect) and Maya Khabira Rudolph (an actress). In the movie Eight Below, there was a Siberian Husky named Maya. Recognizable fictional Mayas include Maya Fisher (Six Feet Under), Maya Herrera (Heroes) and Maya Hart (Girl Meets World).

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