Maya

The name can either be from the Sanskrit meaning “illusion.” In this case it is the name of a concept found both in Hinduisim and Sikhism. It is also another name for the goddess Durga.

In Buddhism it is the name of the mother of Buddha.

It could also be a contraction of Maria.

In Eastern European languages, it is the word for May and may be used in reference to the month.

Currently, Maya is the 19th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 46 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 51 (Belgium, 2010)
  • # 57 (England/Wales, 2010)
  • # 64 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 67 (United States, 2010)
  • # 75 (France, 2009)
  • # 84 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 91 (Norway, 2010)
  • # 193 (the Netherlands, 2010)

Spelled Maja she is one of the most popular female names on continental Europe. Her rankings are as follows:

  • # 1 (Sweden, 2010)
  • # 2 (Poland, 2010)
  • # 7 (Denmark, 2010)
  • # 10 (Slovenia, 2010)
  • # 19 (Norway, 2010)
  • # 26 (Croatia, 2010)
  • # 35 (Austria, 2010)
  • # 37 (Hungary, 2010)
  • # 54 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 277 (the Netherlands, 2010)
Another form is the Finnish Maija.

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/maja-2

Kielo

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Finnish
Meaning: “lily of the valley.”
(KEE:eh-lo)

The name comes directly from the Finnish word for the lily of the valley.

The name is borne by Finnish actress Kielo Tommila (b. 1950).

To hear pronunciation by native speakers, listen to: http://www.forvo.com/word/kielo/.

The designated name-day is June 15.

Majvor

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Swedish
Meaning: May defender; May careful.”
(MY-vor)

The name appeared in usage in Sweden around the 18th-century. It appears to be composed of the elements Maj (the month of May) and the suffix -vor, a common Norse element in many female names possibly being derived either from 1) vår (careful) or 2) warjar (defender).

The designated name-day in Sweden is June 8.

Sources

Zlatica

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Bosnian/Bulgarian/Crotian/Czech/Macedonian/Serbian/Slovak/Slovene
Meaning: “gold”
(zlah-TEET-zah)

The name is derived from the Czech/Slovak elemet, zlata meaning “gold.” The suffix of -ica is a popular one among feminine Slavic names denoting something small and feminine. Zlatuska (zlah-TOOSH-kah), and Zlatka, can either be used a nickname or variation. The name also coincides with the Czech/Slovak word for the buttercup flower.

In the Southern Slavic languages, it just means “gold.”