What does Maria mean?
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 36 more relations via Mari, Maribel, Marisa, Mary, Mia, Ria: Mair, Malia▲, Mamie▼, Manya, Mara▲, Mare, Mareisa, Maren, Mariam▲, Marian▼, Mariana▲, Mariann▼, Marice, Mariel▼, Mariela▼, Marilla, Marilu, Marin, Marion▼, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marysa, Marysia, Masha, Maura▼, Maurita, Mavra, Miriam, Morisa and Murial.
Maria has 1 masculine form: Maryland.Kreatif forms: Mareio, Meiria, Miria. [more]
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Maria for girls. Maria reached its apex position of #26 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #115 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Maria and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Maria (#115 2 years ago) are Mia (#6 2 years ago), Mary (#120), Mariah (#136), Miriam (#305), Mariana (#331), Malia (#345), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Mara (#695), Moriah (#977), Mercedes (#984), Maritza, Marlene, Marlo, Marla, Mayra, Marita, Mimi, Maura, Marietta, Marian, Mariann, Mari, Maren, Mamie, Maribel, Mariel, Marion, Marin, Mai, Mariela and Marisa. These relations of Maria were at the height of their popularity in 1992 (average #640) and are somewhat less conventional today (#792, 42.4% less). Mary is more widely used than the rest, though Mia is now the most fashionable, and versions such as Mercedes, Maritza, Marisa, Marlene and Moriah are now less common. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Maria is pronounced similarly to Mahra, Maira▼, Mairi, Marah, Maraya, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Mera, Mira▲, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Moraia, Moria, Myra▼ and Myriah. Other suggested similar baby names are Daria▼, Maia▲, Marcia▼, Marfa, Marga, Marial, Marina▼, Maris, Marit, Mariza, Markia, Marna, Marnia, Marsia, Marta▼, Martia, Marva▼, Saria and Zaria▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maria.