The name Maria is a girl's name of Aramaic, Latin origin meaning "bitter or wished-for child". Maria is ranked #116 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
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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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