Ancient word Maitra means friendly, kind or amicable. Maitra also refers to affectionate or benevolent.
Reference of Maitra is found in Manu Smiriti and Mahabharata where this name refers to coming from a friend (मित्र) or given by a friend. Other meanings of Maitra used in these Epics are friendly, amicable, affectionate and kind. And as per Vishnu-Purana (विष्णु-पुराण) Maitra was a name of an Adithy (आदित्य).
Reference of this name is also found in Vajsaneyiya-Sanhita (वाजसनेयि-संहिता). Maitra is used here as a term relating to a friend.
Lexicographers like Amar Singh and Halayudh have also used this name with the meaning as a a Brahman who has arrived at the highest state of human perfection or friend of all creatures.
Maitra also founds reference in Kamkandiya-Nitisar (कामन्दकीय-नीतिसार) as an alliance based on good will. According to author Colebrooke Maitra is a name of the 12th Yoga (योग).
Maitra is not a very popular name in the USA. As given in the chart Maitra is not used by any people as the name of their children. In India also Maitra is used by a very few number of people.
Maitra is unique, modern and short name. Maitra has mythological significance with good meaning.
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