Maria: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Maria

Maria

Pronunciation: mah-REE-ə (key)

Origin of the name Maria:

Latin form of Mary, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām, a name of debated meaning. Many believe it to mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow." However, some sources cite the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea." The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Jesus, the son of God.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Maria: | Edit

Maria is a classic, popular, long-time favorite, beautiful, feminine name for a baby girl. Pronounced Muh-ree-uh.

Personal experiences with the name Maria: | Edit

A good friend of mine's name is Maria. While this name is common, yes, it is still a classic, beautiful name with a wonderfully attractive feminine sound to it. She has said before that she loves her name. She has three young daughters who are all very sweet little girls. She takes great care of them. She's a truly magnificent mother. She is an only child, but she married a man (a close friend of mine, also) who has ten siblings, so there's plenty to make her feel warmed and loved, as if they were her own siblings. (They're all friends of mine too.) And actually, I've never (believe it or not, it matters not to me) met anyone else named Maria. I just haven't. But I love it. It's gorgeous. =)

My name is Maria and I was born in the 1980s in Canada. I like my name. As popular as the name is on a global level, and its timeless nature, I've only encountered one Maria my age, ever. I think it really depends on your demographic.

My name is Maria and I love it. People have always commented on how nice my name is, at home and abroad. I was the only Maria in my year group at primary school and there was only one other Maria in my year at secondary school. I'm English and was also born in the 80's. People sometimes abbreviate my name to Marie which is much more English but I don't think it sounds as nice and usually correct them but they carry on regardless.

Nicknames for Maria: | Edit

Marie, Mary, Ria, Mimi, Mia, Mari, Maya.

Meanings and history of the name Maria: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Maria".

French:
Bitter.

German:
Bitter.

Italian:
Bitter.

Spanish:
Bitter.

Swedish:
Bitter.

American:
Bitter.

Hebrew:
Wished-for-child; rebellion; bitter.

Latin:
Commonly-used Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter. Fact: Popular with both Spanish and non-Spanish cultures.

Norse:
Name not originally Norse but it appears in several sagas and is the name of King Harald Sigurdsson's daughter.

Famous real-life people named Maria: | Edit

The Virgin Mary - in Spanish La Virgen María
Maria Callas, legendary Greek Soprano
Maria Malibran, Legendary Spanish-French Opera Singer and First Female Classic Composer
Maria Von Trapp, real-life inspiration for "The Sound of Music"
St. Maria Goretti (1890–1902) Patron of teenage girls and crime victims
Maria Shriver, journalist, Kennedy cousin and wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Kanellis, wrestler
Maria V. Snyder, author
Maria Sharapova, tennis player
Maria Brink, vocalist for the band In This Moment

Maria in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Ave Maria", hymn
The name Maria was mentioned in the song "Round Here" by the Counting Crows
"Maria (I just met a girl named Maria)" song from the musical West Side Story
"Maria Blanca", children's song
"Maria, Maria" song by Santana
"My Maria" song by Brooks and Dunn
"Take a Letter Maria," song by R.B. Greaves
"O Maria", song by Beck
"(How Do You Solve A Problem Like) Maria", song from The Sound of Music
"Dear Maria, Count Me In", song by the band All Time Low
María, a novel by Jorge Isaacs
"Maria" song by Debbie Harry/Blondie.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, a British and Canadian talent show
Maria Gianni, character from the American telenovela Fashion House, played by Bo Derek
Maria Traydor, character in tri-Ace's role playing video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Maria, character from the video game Silent Hill 2 and its mini-prequel "Born from a Wish."
Maria Robotnik, character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games
Maria Rodriguez, long-running character on Sesame Street played by Sonia Manzano
Maria, lead character in The Sound of Music
Maria, lead character in West Side Story
Maria DeLuca, character from Roswell (TV series)
Maria Petrova, character from the video game Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Maria Ushiromiya, a character in the visual novel, manga and anime series Umineko no Naku Koro ni
"Maria", song by Green Day

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