Maia is a derivative of Mary which comes from the Hebrew “Myriam” meaning “lady”, “mistress of the house” or “clairvoyant”. In Greek mythology, Maïa, the elder of the seven Pleiades, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.
She is the mother of Hermes whom she had with Zeus. Hermès will entrust Arcas, son of Zeus and the nymph Callisto to her so that she will raise him secretly from Hera. It is in his honor that the Romans name “May” the fifth month of the Julian and Gregorian calendar.