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Maria meaning and name origin
Maria \m(a)-ria\ as a girl's 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. Mariah (ma-RYE-ah) has greatly increased in popularity, due to singer Mariah Carey. 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 is also pronounced similarly to Mahra, Maira, Mairi, Mara, Marah, Maraya, Marra, Maura, Maurie, Meara, Mera, Mira, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Moraia, Moria, Myra and Myriah. Other suggested similar baby names are Daria, Maia, Mair, Marcia, Mare, Marfa, Marga, Marial, Mariam, Marian, Marin, Marina, Maris, Marit, Marita, Mariza, Markia, Marla, Marna, Marnia, Marsia, Marta, Martia, Marva, Saria and Zaria.
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Popularity of Maria
Maria is a very popular first name for females (#7 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#9311 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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