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What does Maria mean?

Maria /ma-ria/ [3 sylls.] 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 17 variants: Maree, Mariah, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah and Moriah.

Affiliated girl names: Mai, Malia, Marlene, Melita, Mercedes and Mimi.

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.

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)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Maria and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Maria (#115 in 2014) 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 (usage of 0.3597%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.2072%, down 42.4%), 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maria, Mai, Malia, Mamie, Mara in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Maren, Mari, Mariah, Mariam, Marian in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mariana, Mariann, Maribel, Marie, Mariel in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mariela, Marietta, Marin, Marion, Marisa in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marita, Maritza, Marla, Marlene, Marlo in U.S.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mimi, Miriam, Moriah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Mary, Mia outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.