20 Wonderful Mayan Names For Baby Boys And Girls

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Are boring and common names a strict no-no for you? Do you want to give your newborn a name that makes him stand out? If you nodded along in conformance, read our post! Here is our collection of the top 20 Mayan names for babies.

The Mayan was one of the most advanced civilizations in pre-Columbian Americas. The Mesoamerican civilization is famous for its art, architecture, mathematics and fully developed writing system. The Mayan civilization reached its peaks in the 6th century. It excelled in pottery, agriculture, mathematics, calendar making, and hieroglyph writing.

In the late 9th century, something mysterious happened that shook the Mayan civilizations to its foundations. The classic cities of the region degenerated and by A.D 900, the entire Maya civilization of the area collapsed. The cause of the decline is unknown though several scholars have come up with some possible theories.

Mayan Baby Naming Tradition:

When a Mayan baby was born, the parents took him to a community leader for the naming ceremony. The community elder consulted the Mayan calendar of 260 days. The calendar joins a cycle of 20 chosen days with another cycle of 13 numbers to produce 260 special days. Mayan elders considered the energy of the year and the day of birth for naming the baby. For boy’s, the number of the day he is born precedes his name while a girl has to have IX before her name. It signifies the feminine power and energy.

Mayan baby names sound not only weird, but also carry strange meanings. Here is a small list of Mayan baby names inspired by Mayan mythology, astronomy, and art.

Mayan Boy Names With Meanings:

1. Aapo:

Aapo is a strong Mayan name that is rapidly becoming popular. People mistake Aapo for a female name, but some are of the view that the name is ideal for both genders. Aapo means ‘father of many nations’.

2. Babajide:

Babajide is one of the most interesting and unusual Mayan male names. It is one of the few new generation Mayan baby names with a unique meaning. It means ‘Father is coming home’.

3. Cadmael:

Cadmael will make a powerful name for your baby. It means ‘war chief’. It is an occupational baby name.

4. Dacey:

Dacey means ‘adored’. It is a fashionable name for either gender. And it sounds adorable too.

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5. Eadrich:

Eadrich is one of the most enduring and dignified Mayan names. The name has a charm and energy to it. Eadrich means ‘wealthy monarch’.

6. Fabio:

Fabio is a rhythmic three-syllable Mayan name. It has an aura of sophistication. The name means ‘bean farmer’.

7. Gabor:

If you are looking for a Mayan name with a beautiful meaning, then you can go for Gabor. Gabor means ‘God’s bravest man’. Gabor is one of those traditional Mayan boy names that throw off the middle-aged image to sound quite hip and trendy.

8. Hadwin:

The name Hadwin comes from an Old French word ‘hard’, which means strong and ‘win’, which means friends. Hadwin means ‘strong friend’. The name gained momentum in the early 1980s when it was in vogue for men. And we see a resurgence in the name again.

9. Ian:

Ian is a Mayan variant of the name John. It has been one of the most popular Mayan names for boys over the centuries. Numerous kinds, emperors, popes, saints and princes have borne this name.

10. Sachihiro:

Sachihiro is a Mayan name meaning ‘broad happiness’. The name comes from Mayan elements ‘sachi, which means ‘happiness’, and ‘hiro’, which means ‘vast’.

Mayan Girl Names With Meanings:

11. Itzel:

The name Itzel originates in the Mayan language. It means ‘rainbow goddess’. Itzel is a variant of the name Ixcel. In Mayan culture, Ixcel was the goddess of medicine. Itzel is one of the most popular Mayan names for girls to begin with an ‘l’.

12. Akna:

Akna is the goddess of childbirth and fertility in Mayan mythology. The name is quite rare, so you can consider it if you are looking for an uncommon name for your baby girl. Akna is also one of the easiest Mayan names to pronounce.

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13. Sacniete:

Sacniete is a traditional Mayan name meaning ‘white flower’. It is a quintessentially elegant name that is beginning to become popular after being on descent for long.

14. Xoc:

Xoc was the principal wife of Shield Jaguar. Xoc is one of the attractive, evergreen Mayan girl names. Mayans do not just use Xoc as a first name. They use it as a trendy surname too.

15. Zac-Kuk:

If you would like your baby girl to have a bold and uncommon name, then you can go for Zac-Kuk. Zac-Kuk was the name of the mother of Pacal. She briefly rules Palenque before she surrenders the throne to her son.

16. Chimalmat:

Chimalmat is one of the strange sounding Mayan male names. It was the name of the mother of the giants. The other variation of this name is Chimalis. The name Chimalmat has hit a purple patch and does not look likely to become unpopular anytime soon.

17. Ixazaluoh:

Are you searching for an uncommon variation of the name Zahra? Then you can consider Ixazaluoh, a Mayan variation of the name. This sweet and unusual name is extremely popular. It means ‘dawn’.

18. Xmucane:

Xumucane is an unusual name for babies. In Mayan mythology Xmucane was the grandmother of the day and night, the Greek variation of the name is Xena. It means ‘guest’.

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19. Xpiayoc:

Xpiayoc was the goddess of matchmaking in Mayan mythology. The spelling of the name may be unusual, but you cannot undermine its popularity. The name sounds very pleasant too.

20. Colel:

Colel was the goddess of bees. It sounds a lot more ethereal than Cole. It will make a distinctive choice for your baby.

Please feel free to suggest your favorite Mayan names. We will delightfully add it to our list.

Would you consider Mayan names and meanings for your baby? Which one did you like the most from our list? We loved Dacey, Xoc, and Sacniete the most. What about you? Tell us by commenting below.

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Arshi Ahmed

Arshi Ahmed did her graduation from Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata, and post graduation in English from Lovely Professional University. She specializes in writing baby names articles as she loves to help new parents find a name for their child. Arshi understands how important it is for a parent to find the right name because the name gives the baby an... more