Gender: Female Meaning of Mariah: "the Lord is my teacher; or drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved" Origin of Mariah: Hebrew Mariah's Popularity in 2019: #276

Mariah Origin and Meaning

The name Mariah is a girl's name of Hebrew, Latin origin meaning "the Lord is my teacher; or drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

Thanks to Mariah Carey, everyone now knows this name – and is aware that Mariah's pronounced with a long i – just as Maria was in the Jane Austen era. And though Mariah now sounds modern, it was heard as far back as 1550 in Great Britain.

The song 'They Call the Wind Maria' (pronounced Mariah) was introduced in the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon and was the inspiration for Mariah Carey's name.

Though Mariah reached a peak in the mid-1990s, it is still a popular choice.

Mariah may derive from Hebrew Moriah, meaning "the Lord is my teacher". It may also be a variant form of Maria, the meaning of which is uncertain. 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: #276

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cricketbell Says:


in portuguese it's pronounced "mah-ree-ah"

ANewNameForMe Says:


My name and hate it :,c too common for me

DaisyMaisie Says:


like it! and especially as a middle.

mariah Says:


Im a Mariah!!! lol