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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 2015: #109

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 109, 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; Queen of Germany
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 consort of Maximilian II
Maria Anna of Spain, Holy Roman Empress consort of Ferdinand III
Maria Komnene, Queen of Jerusalem
Maria of Montferrat, Queen of Jerusalem
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 Aragon, Queen of Portugal
Maria of Romania, Queen consort of Alexander of Yugoslavia
Maria Owings Shriver, American journalist
Maria Callas (born Sophia Cecelia Kalos), American-Greek opera singer
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 Sharapova, Russian tennis player
Maria Ewing, American opera singer; mother of Rebecca Hall
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 (pronounced Mariah) Lewis-Reynolds, mistress of Alexander Hamilton
Maria Hester Monroe-Gouverneur, daughter of U.S. President James Monroe
Maria de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow, American actress
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 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
Maria Sara Bartiromo, American journalist
Maria Bytomska, princess of Bytom, queen of Hungary
Maria Kazimiera (born Marie Casimire Louise d'Arquien), Queen consort of Jan III Sobieski of Poland
Maria Mazowiecka, princess of Masovia
Maria Antonina (Maryla) Rodowicz, Polish singer
Maria Zofia Dulęba, Polish actress
Maria aka Gentlewhispering, YouTuber
María Teresa Mestre y Batista, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Maria Adela, daughter of American actress Penelope Miller

Pop Culture References for the name Maria

Maria Merryweather, main character in "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge and film "The Secret of Moonacre'
Maria Nunez, 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 Mendoza, character in "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer
Maria Dias, character in G. A. Henty's, The Treasure of the Incas
María Posada, character in the animated film "The Book of Life"
"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 musical "Paint Your Wagon" (pronounced "Ma-RYE-a")

Maria's International Variations

Mali, Maritza (Spanish)