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Maya Angelou

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1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

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A Dictionary of First Names (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
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Names studies
Length:
105 words

... ♀ Latinate version of May or a respelled form of the name of the Roman goddess Maia , influenced by the common English name May . The goddess Maia was one of the Pleiades, the daughters of Atlas and Pleione; she was the mother by Jupiter of Mercury. Her name seems to be derived from the root mai- ‘great’, seen also in Latin maior ‘larger’. In the case of the American writer Maya Angelou ( 1928-–2014 , originally named Marguerite Johnson ), Maya is a nickname which she acquired in early childhood as a result of her younger brother's referring to...

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