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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 2016: #113

As the most common girls’ 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 113, Maria still rules as the second most popular name in Spain.

Famous People Named Maria

Saint Maria Goretti, Italian virgin martyr
Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, Holy Roman Empress
Maria I (born Maria Francisca Isabel Josefa Antónia Gertrudes Rita Joana) and Maria II (born Maria da Glória Joana Carlota Leopoldina da Cruz Francisca Xavier de Paula Isidora Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga), Queens of Portugal
Maria of Montferrat, Queen of Jerusalem
Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Maria Feodorovna (born Marie Sophie Frederikke Dagmar), Empress consort of Alexander III of Russia
Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress consort of Maximilian II
Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empress consort of Ferdinand III
Maria Komnene, Queen consort of Amalric I of Jerusalem
Maria of Aragon, Queen consort of Manuel I of Portugal
Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen consort of Luís I of Portugal
Maria of Romania, Queen consort of Alexander of Yugoslavia
Maria of Bytom, Queen consort of Charles I of Hungary
Maria Kazimiera, Queen consort of Jan III Sobieski of Poland
Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen consort of Charles IV of Spain
Maria Christina Henriette Desideria Felicitas Raineria of Austria, Queen consort of Alfonso XII of Spain
María Teresa Mestre y Batista, Grand Duchess consort of Henri of Luxembourg
Maria Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess of Russia, daughter of Nicholas II
Maria Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, Duchess of Edinburgh
Maria Pavlovna the Younger, Grand Duchess of Russia, Duchess of Södermanland
(Ludovica Teresa) Maria Clotilde of Savoy, Princess Napoléon
Maria Owings Shriver, American journalist
Maria Callas (b. Sophia Cecelia Kalos), Greek-born opera singer
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, Russian tennis player
Maria Romanovna Sotskova, Russian Figure skater
Maria Ewing, opera singer & Rebecca Hall's mother
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko, Russian tennis player
Maria Louise Kanellis, American pro wrestler
Mari­a Jose Marti­nez Sanchez, Spanish tennis player
Maria Teresa Dizzia, American actress
Maria Pitillo, American actress
Maria Lewis-Reynolds, Alexander Hamilton's mistress
Maria Hester, U.S. President James Monroe's child
Maria de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow, American actress
Maria Goeppert-Mayer, physicist & Nobel prize winner
Maria V Snyder, American novelist
Maria Gripe (Maja Stina Walter), Swedish children's novelist
Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer (Sound of Music)
Maria Muldaur (Maria 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
Maria Margarethe Anna Schell, Austrian-Swiss actress
Maria Sara Bartiromo, American journalist
Maria Mazowiecka, princess of Masovia
Maria Antonina (Maryla) Rodowicz, Polish singer
Maria Zofia Dulęba, Polish actress
Maria aka Gentlewhispering, YouTuber
Maria Adela, daughter of American actress Penelope Miller
Maria Makino, Japanese pop singer and member of Morning Musume

Pop Culture References for the name Maria

Maria Rivera, main character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery
Maria von Trapp, main character in "The Sound of Music"
Maria Nunez, main character in musical "West Side Story"
Maria Merryweather, character in "The Little White Horse"
Maria Wong, character in animated series "Braceface"
Maria Ruiz, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Maria Hill, Marvel comics and movies character
Maria, character from video game Silent Hill 2
Maria, character from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost"
Maria, wall 'protecting' humanity in anime 'Attack on Titan'
Maria Duszynska, character from Wood's "Night Trains"
Maria Jane Connor, from 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 Mendoza, character in "The House of the Scorpion"
Maria Dias, character in G. A. Henty's "Treasure of the Incas"
María Posada, character in animated film "The Book of Life"
Maria, character on TV's "Sesame Street"
Maria Bertram, character in Jane Austen's novel 'Mansfield Park'
Maria Akizuki, character in "From the New World"
Maria "Masha" Ovchinnikova, character in "Not dead or undead"
"Maria," song by Green Day
"O Maria," song by Beck
"Maria," song by Ricky Martin
"Maria," song by Blondie
"Ave Maria" religious song
"They Call the Wind Maria," song in "Paint Your Wagon" (pronounced like Mariah)
Maria Stokes, character in the Addicted Series
Cala Maria, character in the videogame “Cuphead”
Princess Maria (MAHR - ee - a), character in "War & Peace"

Maria's International Variations

Mali, Maritza (Spanish)