The name Maya ranked 96th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1164th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
For English, Spanish and Russian speakers, it is derived from a Greek expression meaning ''Great.''
For Hindi speakers it is derived from a Sanskrit expression meaning ''Dream, illusion or illusory energy.''
Maya Angelou (born 1928)
American poet, essayist and autobiographer. Original name: Marguerite Johnson.