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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 2018: #116

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".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Maria

Mariah, Mara, Marie, Mariesa, Moriah, Mariessa, Mareah, Marya, Mayria, Marja, Ria, Moraiah, Mariabella, Mayra, Mariae, Mariha,

Maria's International Variations

Mali, Maritza (Spanish)

16 names similar to Maria

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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.