Maja – University of Copenhagen


How many girls were given this name in 2009?

Maja: 366
Maya: 113
Maia: 21


Maja is a Swedish and Frisian short form of the names Maria, Marina and Marit. Furthermore, in Greek and Roman mythology there is a goddess by the name of Maia. This name possibly means 'little mother' but the meaning is much discussed.


The popularity of the name culminated until now in 2006 (for all three spellings) but it has been very popular for the last three decades.

Well-known bearers of the name 

The Danish singer and director Maya Albana was born in 1973. The name is also known from Emil from Lønneberg, where Tyttebærmaja ('Cowberry-Maja') is the name of an old woman.