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Girl Name: Maria

Name: Maria
Pronunciation: \m(a)-ria\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Maria's also a boy name)
Meaning: star of the sea
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Mai, Malia, Marlene, Melita, Mercedes, Mimi
Sounds Like: Marra, Mara, Moria
Variant forms: Maree, Mariah, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah, Moriah
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 7
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 9311

Description

Maria \m(a)-ria\ as a girl's name is pronounced mah-REE-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Maria is "star of the sea". Variant for Mary used in English-speaking countries in the 18th century, and popular with both Spanish and non-Spanish cultures. Revived in the 20th century due to the popularity of "West Side Story", with its famous ballad "Maria". Marie, the French variant, was the preferred form of Mary in England until about the time of the Reformation. Mariah (ma-RYE-ah) has greatly increased in popularity, due to singer Mariah Carey. Maria and Marie are very often blended with other names and suffixes. See also Manon, Mari, Maribel, Marisa, Mia, and Ria. Singer Maria Muldaur; TV journalist Maria Shriver.

Maria has 17 variant forms: Maree, Mariah, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah and Moriah.

For more information, see also related names Mai, Malia, Marlene, Melita, Mercedes and Mimi.

Baby names that sound like Maria are Marra, Mara and Moria.

View a list of the 19 names that reference Maria.

Popularity

Maria is a very popular first name for women (#7 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#9311 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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