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What is the Meaning of the Name Maria?

By Emma Davies


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The name Maria is of Latin origin and means ‘of the sea’, ‘bitter’, ‘beloved’, or ‘rebellious’. With its Hebrew roots and religious and historical significance being associated with the Virgin Mary in Christianity, Maria is a timeless name that is widely embraced and transcends cultural boundaries. 

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  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Pronunciation: Mah-ree-uh
  • Gender: Female

How Popular is the Name Maria? 

The name Maria has been in the top 100 girls’ names since the 1950s but in recent years its popularity has dropped. According to the Social Security Administration Data, Marias’ popularity has been dropping year after year since 2000. It fell out of the top 100 for the first time in 2012.

Name Variations

Name Meaning Origin
Maree Star of the sea Latin
Marietta Italian diminutive form of Mary French
Marika Form of Mary Danish, Polish
Moriah The hill country Hebrew
Mayria Star of the sea Latin
Marie A French form of Mary French
Marialinda Star of the sea Latin

More Hebrew Girl Names

Name Meaning
Delilah Means delicate.
Eliza Pledged to God.
Seraphina Ardent or fiery.
Zara Blooming flower and God remembers.
Ayla Oak tree, halo, or moonlight.
Evie Diminutive form of Eve and means life.
Elizabeth Pledged to God.

Alternative Girl Names Starting with ‘M’

Name Meaning Origin
Malia Of the sea Polynesian
Marlene A variant of Madeline German
Melita Means honey-sweet Greek
Mercedes Means mercies Spanish
Mimi Diminutive form of Miriam French  
Maya Means water Greek mythology
Molly Means bitter Hebrew

Famous People Named Mia

  • Mia Hamm – American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Mia Martini – Italian singer and songwriter.
  • Mia Pojatina – Croatian model and beauty queen.
  • Mia Murray – Australian basketball player.
  • Mia Tyler – Daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler.