i like it spelled maia. for the record, i think i've only met one maya. lovely name!
The Persian pronunciation is more like Zahhuru. I can't spell it out properly but there is a pause in the middle as if an extra "h" sound is there. Not a big deal to me but for some reason DH didn't like the English way of saying it which is like Sara with a Z. Oh well :) Glad you get to have a Zara.
My dd's name is Maya and i love it :) it is, however, far more popular than i thought when we chose it. i've only met one other maya but i know of one other and my ped says he has several new mayas and we live in a small town! that's disappointing but i still love the name. as far as alternative spellings, i only know of maya, maia, mya and miah. but people seem to confuse mia and maya a lot so i wonder if people sometimes pronounce mia as my-a? she was once called may-a which i thought was strange... i've never heard anyone pronounce it that way.
if you like the name, then go for it! we actually used york as one of the twins middle names but that's different since he didn't survive. and my bil has york as a middle name too but it was because he was upset as a child that his brother and his mother both had york in their names (parents separated when they were young and mil took her maiden name back). mil officially added york to his name so he has two middle names now. i would do it if i couldn't come up with anything i liked better.
if we have girl she will be named either elana york or carys york. probably elana but i love them both. if we have a boy... i have no clue!!!
We are not finding out gender either so have to pick boy and girl names. My husband is from Tehran,Iran- Persian so he would like to have a Persian name for the baby. My issue is that most persian names are not very easy to spell or pronounce for Americans. I am all about embracing his culture and we do in so many other ways but we've struggled picking out a name as I want the name to be easy to pronounce and spell. It can be truely Persian but not a name that the child will regret having- kwim? We both loved the girl name Zahra but the Persian pronunciation is very different from how the typical English speaking person would pronounce it so DH nixed it :( I really liked Zahra Lynn. Anyways. I'm keeping our names secret as I just fear that DH will change his name again.
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Anyway. How is Zahra pronounced in Persian? I love the name, by the way ;) My Zara is pronounced like the English Sara. But we are always correcting people that say Sara or Zahra (kind of like Laura..not sure how to write it out)
As far as this little one. DH loves the name Maia but we want it pronounced My-a. Any other alternative spellings? I'm not liking Maya that much....
i have a 6 year old neice named maia and we pronounce it MY-AH