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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 has 17 variant forms: Maree, Mariah, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah and Moriah.

For more information, see also related girl names Mai, Malia, Marlene, Melita, Mercedes and Mimi.

There is 1 masculine form of Maria: Maryland.


Maria is a very popular first name for females (#7 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#9311 out of 88799, Top 10%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Maria for girls. Maria reached its highest rank of #26 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maria name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Maria and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mia (#6), Maria (#115), Mary (#120), Mariah (#136), Malia (#345), Marie (#579), Moriah (#977), Mercedes (#984), Mayra, Ria, Mimi, Marika, Maribel, Mari, Marietta, Mai, Marisa and Marlene. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mai, Malia, Mari, Maria, Mariah, Maribel, Marie, Marietta, Marisa, Marlene in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mary, Mayra, Mercedes, Mia, Mimi, Moriah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Malia, Maria, Mariah, Marie, Marika outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marisa, Mary, Mercedes, Mia, Moriah outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ria outside U.S.

Similar Names

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. These names tend to be less commonly used than Maria.