Gender: Female Meaning of Maria: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved" Origin of Maria: Hebrew or Egyptian Maria's Popularity in 2019: #106

Maria Origin and Meaning

The name Maria is a girl's name of Aramaic, Latin origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

As a highly popular girls’ name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary 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.

While the usual English pronunciation these days is the same as it is in non-English-speaking countries – mah-REE-ah – the British used to pronounce it mah-RYE-ah, like Mariah Carey.

Maria ultimately dervies from the Hebrew name Maryam/Mariam. The original meaning of Maryam is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

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Rank in US: #106

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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)


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