Maya mythology






Emily P. Contributor

I recently spent a few weeks travelling in the Mayan Riviera, along the eastern coast of Mexico. And I couldn't stop thinking about how beautiful Maya is as a dog name.

First off, it's got a rich history, originating from the ancient Mayan civilization, known for their incredible stone constructions and astronomical prowess.

Secondly, it has a soft and beautiful sound to it; a type of serenity that you'll never get tired of saying.

It also means "illusion" in Sanskrit, so it's ideal if your dog has a knack for magically disappearing when it's bath time (sounds familiar, right?!)

Those into pop culture will recognize the name of Maya Rudolph, the hilarious SNL alum, as well. And if your dog's a real funny bone, why not name her after a comedy queen?

So, that's why I love the name Maya. It's a top choice for a girl dog with star qualities. And there are many, many levels of beauty to it.

Traits associated with the name Maya:

Dogs named Maya tend to be loving, good-natured, and strong-willed. This feminine name is also associated with companionship, intelligence, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Maya?

That you have a creative side and appreciate unique names. It could also suggest that you have an appreciation for nature and the outdoors.

Is Maya a good dog name?

Maya has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Maya is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Maya is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Maya outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Maya was, in the past month, the 14th most viewed dog name on

As of July 2024, Maya is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Maya was viewed 0 times, and liked 4 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Maya's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Maya is most adored in New Hampshire, Idaho and Wisconsin.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Delaware, Alaska and Nevada.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Maya.

Most popular breeds named Maya:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Siberian Husky
  5. American Pitbull Terrier

Famous dogs named Maya:

  • film icon A siberian husky named Maya played a role in the movie Eight Below.

Maya is found in these categories:

ocean dog names

Derived from Maia, a water nymph in Greek mythology.

spanish dog names

Relates to indigenous Mesoamerican civilization and Spanish-speaking countries.

mythical dog names

Derived from mythology, symbolizing illusion in Hinduism and Buddhism, and a goddess in Roman and Greek myths.

cute dog names

Evokes ancient civilizations, yet sounds playful and endearing, perfect for a pup!

Dog names like Maya:

The divine embodiment of the moon in greek mythology
Person From Massy, France
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Maya dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (4)

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Adrianna (Unknown)
I think maya is good choice for people who are a fan of the movie eight below and I don’t like huskies but I like the huskies in eight below and I especially like maya and max.
April 25, 2024

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Rufo (Quintana Roo, Mexico)
What does rufous mean? Sent
August 23, 2023 ◆ Translated

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Maya (Victoria, Australia)
I love the name 🤟😍🖤
June 28, 2023

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RASHIDE (Texas, United States)
She is beautiful and very playful, you are a month and a half old
March 29, 2023 ◆ Translated

Let us know what you think of Maya as a dog name!