So, as my fiancée was looking at names, he came across [name_f]Naia[/name_f] and decided he liked it better than [name_f]Maia[/name_f]. I’m not sure I do like it more, buuuuut, it’s multicultural and has numerous positive meanings.

What do you all think of [name_f]Naia[/name_f]? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like it? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like it better than [name_f]Maia[/name_f]?

What combos are there for [name_f]Naia[/name_f]?


It’s cute! I do prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f].

I like this name, but prefer [name_f]Gaia[/name_f].

[name_f]Naia[/name_f] is pretty, I slightly prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f] though. Both are great names!

I’m not a fan, it’s trendy around here in one way or another ([name_f]Naia[/name_f], D’[name_f]Naya[/name_f], etc).

I prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f], spelled [name_f]Maya[/name_f], or [name_f]Kaia[/name_f].

I prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f], since (as far as I know) it’s been in use longer. I don’t have any associations with [name_f]Maia[/name_f] but I associate [name_f]Naia[/name_f] with [name_f]Naya[/name_f] water and [name_f]Naya[/name_f] Rivera from “Glee”. [name_f]Naia[/name_f] feels more like a nickname to me than [name_f]Maia[/name_f] does (for no reason that I really know of - these are just my reactions to the names). It’s not a bad name, but I strongly prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f]. And I do think of [name_f]Maia[/name_f] as a cross-cultural name, although I don’t actually know much about it and its usage or origins.

I don’t know your tastes, but here are a few combos for [name_f]Naia[/name_f], which I apparently feel inclined to put with a big, long middle name:

[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Persephone[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Veronica[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] Chryseis
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Emilia[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Joy[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Louise[/name_f]/a

I too prefer [name_f]Kaia[/name_f].

It’s not highly charted, but the various forms of it feel popular around me. It seems like every few weeks I’m on the bus with a mom calling after her daughter, [name_f]Naia[/name_f] (maybe spelled [name_f]Nya[/name_f]/[name_f]Naya[/name_f]. Other oddly popular ones: [name_f]Ayana[/name_f] and [name_f]Amaya[/name_f] and [name_f]Anaya[/name_f]).

It’s fine, but [name_f]Maia[/name_f], [name_f]Gaia[/name_f], and [name_f]Kaia[/name_f]/[name_f]Caia[/name_f] feel less trendy.

I like [name_f]Naia[/name_f], the first thing that comes to mind is Naiads–water nymphs.

I prefer [name_f]Maia[/name_f].

Thank you all for the feedback. I have never heard of this name before…so I didn’t realize it was so popular/trendy…and I’m around kids all day! I’m not totally in love with it…it was just a consideration. I, too, like [name_f]Maia[/name_f] better. Although I’ve found meanings for [name_f]Naia[/name_f] in Swahili, Hawaiian, Greek, Russian, and other cultures. Which is why I even considered it. I’m just not sure…but I appreciate all of your opinions.

I like [name_f]Naia[/name_f]! I think it’s unique and pretty. I don’t think it’s popular at all, I know tons of [name_f]Maia[/name_f]/[name_f]Maya[/name_f]/[name_f]Mia[/name_f]'s but no [name_f]Naia[/name_f]'s. Another name I like is [name_f]Nala[/name_f].

[name_f]Naia[/name_f] works with any middle name that doesn’t end in A or start in A [name_f]IMO[/name_f].

[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Thessaly[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Lauren[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Zoe[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_u]Waverly[/name_u]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_u]Quinn[/name_u]

I don’t know what your style is, but anything, really, works with [name_f]Naia[/name_f]!

I’d take [name_f]Naia[/name_f] over [name_f]Maia[/name_f] anyday! I adore it! It’s one of my favorites. I also love [name_f]Naiara[/name_f]. [name_f]Naia[/name_f] is lovely–go with it! :smiley:

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[name_f]Kaia[/name_f], [name_f]Caia[/name_f] and [name_f]Maia[/name_f] are far too popular for my taste. I’ve only heard [name_f]Gaia[/name_f] on a celebrity kid, other than that I don’t like it. [name_f]Naia[/name_f] spelled that way is gorgeous to me. [name_f]Nia[/name_f], [name_f]Nya[/name_f], [name_f]Naya[/name_f], etc. are so popular in my area. But again, I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Naia[/name_f]. Not her rhyming sisters.

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Oh, [name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Thessaly[/name_f] is a beautiful combo and makes me like [name_f]Naia[/name_f] more! If only I can get my fiancée to agree on [name_f]Thessaly[/name_f]…

Thank you!

I’ve been crushing on [name_f]Naya[/name_f] for since I met a lovely little girl with the name. It has such a sweet carefree sound to it. I prefer the ‘y’ spelling more than the ‘i’. I like [name_f]Maia[/name_f], but something about [name_f]Naia[/name_f]/[name_f]Naya[/name_f] appeals to me more.

[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Leonie[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Philippa[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Madeleine[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Eloise[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Gabrielle[/name_f]
[name_f]Naia[/name_f] [name_f]Josephine[/name_f]