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Gender: Female Meaning of Maria: "bitter or wished-for child" Origin of Maria: Latin variation of Mary or Aramaic variation of Miriam Maria's Popularity in 2017: #111

The name Maria is a girl's name of Aramaic, Latin origin meaning "bitter or wished-for child". Maria is ranked #111 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

As a highly popular 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. Through the centuries, Maria remains one of the most widely-used girl names starting with M.

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.

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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
Maria Tolkacheva, Russian rhythmic gymnast
Maria Kravtsova, Russian rhythmic gymnast
Anastasia Maria Dogrammatzi, Greek rhythmic gymnast
Maria Ioanna Mandellou, Greek rhythmic gymnast

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 Moonlit, or Alice Merry-Go-Round, mother of Adam Moonlit and false prophet in the Evillious Chronicles
Maria Ruiz, character on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
Maria Hill, Marvel comics and movies character
Maria Stark, character from Marvel's Iron Man and mother of Tony Stark
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"
Maria Stokes, character in the Addicted Series
Cala Maria, character in the videogame “Cuphead”
Princess Maria, character in "War & Peace"

Maria's International Variations

Mali, Maritza (Spanish)


Too-ticky Says:


Maria with nicknames Masha and Manya is also very common in Russia. It's my sister's name.

Mikayla395 Says:


This is my youngest little girl's name! her sisters and brother nicknamed her Ria. Maria isn't old enough to talk, but when she is i'm sure she'll love her name :)

Introverted Says:


Maria Reynolds...

megan7410 Says:


I'm the same way! Something about that 'h' on the end makes it less romantic, somehow. It's definitely a Jane Austen influence for me, as well :D

Marlaina Says:


My name and I'm from an Italian heritage. Took me a long time to like my name and it being so common and people always assuming I'm Hispanic and the "bitter" meaning etc. I'm still not too thrilled with it but I love my name paired with my middle- Maria Elaina.

Rosie Cantante Says:


My name is Maria and I am Italian not Spanish.

Yessica Says:


But isn't it then pronounced the same way?

Nora Meyer Says:


I know that it is normal to use this name for boys in some countries. Even if it doesn't seem normal to me, every culture has its own naming styles and my opinion is not important at all :)

Luísa Says:


Please don't be bothered by the fact that Maria is used as a middle name for boys. In Portuguese (my language) there are no unisex names, the only one that can be used for both genders is Maria and Maria is strictly a middle name when it's for boys.

Daphodil Says:


Also quite commonly used for boys in Latin America. José María is probably the best example.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I prefer this with the Ma-RYE-a pronunciation, like in Jane Austen's time. I don't like Mariah though, ironically.

germanstar Says:


I could never find out the exact meaning of the name. Some people say that it means "bitter" or "see of bitterness", others support that it has derived from Egyptian and means "beloved", others that it means "wishing for a child". Whatever the meaning is, I really love this name and that's why I chose it for my daughter. Short, feminine, elegant and a perfect alternative to Mary (oh, I hate it) and Marie (too old-fashioned to me). Many nickname options, my daughter usually goes with "Marita". I just cannot stand the fact that it is used as a middle name for boys

namefreak218 Says:


For a name that means bitter, it is such a sweet name.

Guest Says:


I find it so incredibly interesting that this gets used sometimes as middle name for boys in Europe and it actually kinda works!

NaomiNY Says:


I once knew a very rude and bitter woman named Maria, so the name's ruined for me.