Meaning and Name Origin
Maria \m(a)-ria\ 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. 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 has 36 more related variations 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.
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 (#9311 out of 88799, Top 10%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Maria and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Maria (#115 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Mia (#6 in 2014), 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 girl names were at the height of their popularity in 1992 and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Mercedes, Maritza, Marisa, Marlene and Moriah falling out of fashion. The most trendy girl names in this compilation are Mariam (#568), Mara (#695), Mia (#6), Mariah (#136) and Mariana (#331), with Mariah and Mariana going through a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.