Top 100 baby names number 58

I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year.  I am doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!

Today we have numbers 58 - Maya and Albie.  

 Maya (Multiple) 

 Queen Māyā of Sakya was the mother of Buddha

Queen Māyā of Sakya was the mother of Buddha

Like many other short names, Maya has a whole load of possible origins and meanings. It can be a variant spelling of the name of a nymph in ancient Greek mythology. It is the name of the mother of the Buddha, Siddartha Gautama. In Hindu philosophy maya means 'illusion'. In Hebrew ma'ayan means 'spring' or  'brook' and Maya is a short form of that. There's also the Old Persian meaning which is 'generous'. 

Finally the name can be a tribute to the indigenous peoples of Central America or Australia.

 

 Albie (English and Irish)

 'Alb' names seem to share an origin meaning 'white'.

'Alb' names seem to share an origin meaning 'white'.

Albie seems to be either an Anglicised version of a unisex Irish name, Ailbhe, or a diminutive of Albert or Alban. I already covered Albert here. Ailbhe and Alban seem to have the same linguistic root. Both mean 'white'.