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.
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).
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).
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.