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What does Mariah mean?

Mariah Pronunciation of Mariah [mari-ah] as a girls' name is pronounced ma-RYE-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Mariah is "star of the sea". Variant of Maria, from Mary. This version has greatly increased in popularity, due to singer Mariah Carey.

Associated with: star, sea.


59 alternative forms via Maria, Mary: Mair, Maire, Malia, Mamie, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marice, Maridel, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marika, Marilee, Marilin, Marilla, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maurine, Maurise, Maurita, Mavra, Mayra, Mayria, Meriel, Miriam, Morag, Moraiah, Moriah, Murial and Muriel.

Creative forms:
(female) Myrriah, ..

(male) Marima, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mariah Ally (M.A.), ..

How popular is Mariah?

Mariah is a very prominent first name for women (#1325 out of 4276, Top 31%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mariah reached its top position of #62 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is currently at #155. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariah name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Maria (#109 in 2015), Mary (#124), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Malia (#313), Marilyn (#426), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Mara (#739), Marianna (#853), Moriah (#976), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Maritza (#1201), Mayra (#1275), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Mariela (#1560), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Marianne (#1985), Muriel, Maurine, Maryjo, Marilee, Mariann, Maree, Mamie, Marika, Marilla, Marla, Marita, Mariska and Marlo are the prominent alternative forms of Mariah (#155 in 2015) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Mariah was widespread among parents a century ago (usage of 9.76%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.89%, 90.9% less), with forms like Marie becoming somewhat outmoded. Mariam, Mara and Marianna are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariah, Malia, Mamie, Mara, Maree in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maren, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marie, Mariel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariela, Marika, Marilee, Marilla, Marilyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritza in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marla, Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryjo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maura, Maurine, Mayra, Miriam, Moriah, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Mariah is alike in pronunciation to Mahra, Maira, Mairi, Marah, Maraya, Mari, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Meerah, Mera, Merah, Mira, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moraia, Moria, Myra, Myrah and Myriah. Other suggested similar names are Ariah, Barah, Carah, Daliah, Darian, Darrah, Datiah (see Datya), Haniah, Karah, Karlah, Karrah, Maia, Maiah, Maiyah, Majidah, Maleah, Marcia, Marfa, Marga, Mariane, Marien, Marike, Mariko, Marine, Maris, Marisa, Marise, Marisha, Marit, Mariza, Markia, Marleah, Marna, Marnia, Marth, Martia, Marva, Maryam, Maryan, Mayah, Parish, Raziah, Sarah, Saria, Sarrah, Taliah, Tarah, Tarrah, Zakiah, Zarah, Zaria and Zariah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mariah.

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