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Gender: F Meaning of Maria: "wished-for child" Origin of Maria: Latin variation of Mary; Aramaic variation of Miriam Maria's Popularity in 2013: #112

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As the most common female name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary is more likely to be an ethnic name, though old-line Wasps still favor it, and it retains a timeless beauty.

This widespread name understandably has produced notable namesakes in almost every field--opera's Maria Callas (born Sophia Cecelia), tennis's Sharapova, education's Montessori, ad infinitum. And she's been celebrated in song as well, from Ave Maria to the eponymous song in West Side Story to "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" in The Sound of Music.

Ranking at Number 112, Maria still rules as the second most popular name in Spain.

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Famous People Named Maria

Saint Maria Goretti, Italian virgin martyr
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, Queen of Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia
Maria Owings Shriver, American journalist
Maria Callas (born Sophia Cecelia Kalos), American-Greek opera singer
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, Russian tennis player
Maria Ewing, American opera singer; mother of Rebecca Hall
Maria Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Maria Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Maria Pavlovna Younger and Elder, Grand Duchesses of Russia
Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko, Russian tennis player
Maria Louise Kanellis, American pro wrestler
Maria I and II, Queens of Portugal
Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
María José Martínez Sánchez, Spanish tennis player
Maria Teresa Dizzia, American actress
Maria Pitillo, American actress
Maria Hester Monroe-Gouverneur, daughter of U.S. President James Monroe
Maria de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow, American actress
Maria Adela, daughter of American actress Penelope Miller
Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German-American physicist & Nobel prize winner
Maria V Snyder, American novelist
Maria Gripe (born Maja Stina Walter), Swedish children's novelist
Maria Feodorovna Romanova (born Dagmar of Denmark), Empress of Russia
Maria Feodorovna (born Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg), Empress of Russia
Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress
Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empress
Maria Komnene, Queen of Jerusalem
Maria of Montferrat, Queen of Jerusalem
Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer, inspiration for "The Sound of Music"
Maria Muldaur (born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato), American singer-songwriter
Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish children's novelist
Maria Menounos, American actress and TV presenter
Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, Austrian musician, sister of W.A. Mozart
Maria Margarethe Anna Schell, Austrian-Swiss actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Maria

Maria Nuñez, main character in musical "West Side Story"
Maria Wong, character in animated series "Braceface"
Maria von Trapp, main character in musical "The Sound of Music"
Maria Ruiz, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Maria, character from video game Silent Hill 2
Wall Maria, wall 'protecting' humanity in anime/manga 'Attack on Titan'
Maria Duszynska, character from "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
Maria Jane Connor, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Maria Santos Grey, character on soap "All My Children"
Maria Roberts, character on soap "One Life to Live"
Maria, maid in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
"Maria" song by Green Day
"Maria," song by Ricky Martin
"Maria," song by Blondie
"Ave Maria" song by Beyonce
"They Call the Wind Maria," song by Lerner and Loewe

Maie, Mara, Marea, Mareah, Mariabella, Mariae, Mariah, Marie, Mariesa, Mariessa, Mariha, Marija, Mariya, Mariyah, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah, Moriah, Ria

Maria's International Variations

Mali, Maritza (Spanish)