Meaning and Origin of the Girl’s Name Mai

The meaning of Mai in Welsh is the month of May and is popular with people born in that month or more generally in the Spring.

Mai also has a background in Japan and Vietnam. In Japanese, Mai means brightness, and in Vietnamese it means blossom. The name seems to represent all the beauty and freshness of Spring.

Mai also has the Native American meaning of coyote. Native American tribes looked at the coyote as a holy spirit animal even though it could be a bit mischievous.

If you’re name is Mai you probably have musical abilities and may like to write. You’re also very gregarious and love to be around people. Someone with the name Mai is said to be a consistent and interesting friend.


The popularity of Mai was at it’s most popular in 1990 and is now used less frequently and it did not make the top 100 baby girls’ names in Wales in 2014.

Famous People Called Mai

A few famous people with the first name Mai:

  • Mai Davies is a Welsh journalist and television presenter, currently hosting Good Evening Wales.
  • Mai Jones was a Welsh radio producer, entertainer, and songwriter

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