Pronunciation: [May]

Gender: Female

Meaning: The fifth month of the year

Origin: English

An old fashioned name, inspired by the month of May. Named for Maia, the Roman earth goddess.

Variant Forms

MaeThe fifth month of the yearFemaleEnglish
MajA jewelFemaleSwedish
MalaGarland of flowersFemaleSanskrit
MayaUncertain, perhaps mother or great oneFemaleGreek
MeiThe youngest of sistersFemaleChinese

Famous Dogs Named May

Maya: Another Siberian Husky dog from the movie Eight Below.

Famous People Named May

Willie Mays is a retired American professional baseball player who was a center fielder with the New York and San Francisco Giants for the most of his career.

William James Mayo was renowned physician and surgeon in the United States of America.

Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President of South Sudan.

Maya Angelou was a famous writer, activist, singer, and actor, known best for her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’.

Mata Amritanandamayi is an Indian spiritual leader, also known as the 'Hugging Saint'.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, widely appreciated for her timeless classic novel ‘Little Women’.

John Maynard Keynes was a British Economist who greatly changed modern economic policies of governments and the practices of modern macroeconomics.

Humayun Ahmed was a famous Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker.

Curtis Lemay was one of the greatest generals in the United States Air Force.

Charles Horace Mayo was a renowned medical practitioner and was one of the founder members of the ‘Mayo Clinic’.

Brian May is a legendary and prolific guitarist from the famous rock band ‘Queen’.

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