What does Maria mean?
Maria [maria] as a girls' name is pronounced mah-REE-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Maria is "star of the sea". Variant for Mary used in English-speaking countries in the 18th century, and popular with both Spanish and non-Spanish cultures. Revived in the 20th century due to the popularity of "West Side Story", with its famous ballad "Maria". Marie, the French variant, was the preferred form of Mary in England until about the time of the Reformation. Maria and Marie are very often blended with other names and suffixes. See also Manon, Mari, Maribel, Marisa, Mia, and Ria. Singer Maria Muldaur; TV journalist Maria Shriver.
Maria has 78 more relations via Mari, Maribel, Marisa, Mary, Mia, Ria: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mallie▼, Mame▼, Mamie▼, Manon, Manya, Mara▲, Mare, Mareesa, Mareisa, Marella, Maren, Maressa, Maretta, Mariam▲, Marian▼, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna▲, Marianne▼, Marice, Maridel, Mariel, Mariela▼, Mariella, Marilee, Marilena, Marilin, Marilisa, Marilla, Marilou, Marilu, Marilyn▼, Marin, Marion▼, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Maryann▼, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Maurine▼, Maurise, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, May▼, Mayme▼, Maymie, Mea, Meriel, Meya, Miah▲, Mimi, Miriam, Moira, Morag, Moreisa, Morisa, Morysa, Moya, Murial and Muriel▼.
Maria has 1 masculine form: Maryland.Creative forms:
(female) Masia, Meeria, ..
(male) Maer, Mami, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Maria?
Maria is a very prominent first name for females (#7 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#7915 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Maria reached its apex position of #35 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #109 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Maria (#109 in 2015) are Mia (#6 in 2015), Mary (#124), Mariah (#155), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Malia (#313), Marilyn (#426), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Miah (#615), Mara (#739), Marianna (#853), Moriah (#976), Mercedes (#1093), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Marlene (#1174), Maritza (#1201), Mayra (#1275), Maribel (#1423), Mariella (#1433), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Mariela (#1560), Moira (#1645), May (#1658), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Marisa (#1905), Marianne (#1985), Mayme, Maurine, Mallie, Muriel, Ria, Marylin, Mimi, Mea, Mame, Maymie, Mariska, Mariette, Marika, Marilee, Marietta, Marielena, Maree, Mariann, Marilla, Marilou, Marlo, Mamie, Marla, Marita, Mai, Mari and Maryjo. These relations of Maria were at the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 (average #1451) and have become much less conventional since (#1470, 83% less usage), with forms like Maryann falling out of fashion. Mary is more widely used than the rest, though Mia is now the most fashionable.
Maria▼ is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Maira, Mairi, Marah, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Merrie, Merry▼, Mira▲, Mirah, Mireio, Mireya▼, Miri, Mirra, Morah, Moria, Moyra, Myra▼, Myrah and Myree. Other suggested similar names are Adria, Aria▲, Azaria▲, Catia, Damia, Darcia, Daria, Doria, Fadia, Kiria, Madira, Maia▲, Malkia, Marcia▼, Mareina, Marfa, Marga, Marial, Mariko, Marina▼, Maris, Marise, Marit, Mariza, Marjy, Markia, Markita, Marna, Marnia, Marnina, Marsia, Marta▼, Marti, Martia, Martta, Marva▼, Maxina, Maya▲, Maysa, Merial, Merna, Mirta, Myrla, Nasia, Saria, Syria, Tavia, Tyria, Vardia and Zaria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maria.See names in meaning and etymology.