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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:05 am

HDP5 wrote:Hello.

My wife and I are considering Maia as the name for our little girl due in June. I'm Greek Cypriot & English and she's Finnish. We're trying to find a name we like thay works in all languages without different pronunciation (harder than you might think as Finnish is tricky language).

We are considering Maia. We think it works in English and Finnish. I know the name is derived from the oldest and most beautiful daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes. So it's ancient Greek in original and has an association with 'mother' and month of May or spring in general. However, we know it's a modern word for 'midwife' in Greek.

Hoping native speaking Greeks / Cypriots on this forum who could advise on whether Maia would be considered 'weird' or inappropriate as a baby girl's name in modern Greek, because of its possible meanings?

Also - we would pronounce this name "My-Ah" but we're concerned it might be mispronounced "May-Ah" (as in "mayor" or "mayo") - how would most people pronounce this?


NOT A GOOD NAME!! You are going to cause her psychological problems. Schoolkids will not miss a chance to paraphrase her name and call her all sorts of things. Mayia, --> Mayissa (witch) ekame mou mayia (did witchcraft on me). As for girls trust me at teen age they can be unbelievably mean against other girls who might be prettier than them. They won't miss a chance with such a name...
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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:23 am

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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:29 am

Pyrpolizer wrote:
GreekIslandGirl wrote:
repulsewarrior wrote:...if you wish the baby baptised in a Greek Orthodox Church, the name must be found in the Bible (if I am not mistaken).

Cheers!


Absolutely not true.

Otherwise, my dear friends/relatives Socrates, Achilleas, Epimenondas etc etc etc have not been baptised. And they were!


In the past the priests would only accept pure biblical names or ancient Greek.
Now the accept anything, even Mohamed


I remember my mum telling me we had to have a Saint with that particular name before we could use it in church.
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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:33 am

Pyrpolizer wrote: ekame mou mayia (did witchcraft on me).


Sounds good to me! :D

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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby Cap » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:36 am

I'm Cypriot & English and she's Finnish.


Lovely. :)
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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:20 pm

Cap wrote:
I'm Cypriot & English and she's Finnish.


Lovely. :)


You are of course, South African born and bred. Tell me, do South Africans have a problem processing the truth? I only ask because of your habit of erasing facts.
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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby Sotos » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:28 pm

I know 2 Cypriots named Maya... we were at the same school with one of them, she was a popular girl and nobody teased her. When I hear the name it reminds me of Maya 3D by Autodesk, one of the most popular 3D applications. And the Maya Civilization! I never heard "Maia" as a name but it sounds fine to me.
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Re: Help needed. Cypriots opinions on potential baby name

Postby HDP5 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:58 pm

Thanks for the replies
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