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What does Maria mean?

Maria Pronunciation of Maria 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH star, sea, 18th century, 20th century (modern), story (literary), england, blended


VARIANTS Maree, Mariah, Marialena, Marialinda, Marialisa, Marie, Marieanne, Marielena, Marietta, Mariette, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra, Mayria, Moraiah, Moriah

SEE ALSO Mai, Malia, Marlene, Melita, Mercedes, Mimi

RELATIONS VIA MARI, MARIBEL, MARISA, MARY, MIA, RIA Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Mareesa, Mareisa, Marella, Maren, Maressa, Maretta, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marianna, Marianne, Marice, Maridel, Mariel, Mariela, Mariella, Marilee, Marilena, Marilin, Marilisa, Marilla, Marilou, Marilu, Marilyn, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylin, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Maurine, Maurise, Maurita, Maurizia, Mavra, May, Mayme, Maymie, Mea, Meriel, Meya, Miah, Mimi, Miriam, Moira, Morag, Moreisa, Morisa, Morysa, Moya, Murial, Muriel


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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)

Maria reached its apex position of #35 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #116 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Maria (#116 IN 2018) are Mia (#7), Mary (#126), Mariah (#217), Malia (#254), Mariana (#286), Miriam (#303), Mariam (#548), Marie (#576), Maren (#607), Marilyn (#610), Mara (#681), Miah (#819), Marianna (#834), Mercedes (#1070), Moriah (#1189), Marian (#1210), Mariella (#1269), Marin (#1382), Marlene (#1383), Mayra (#1501), Mariela (#1547), Maura (#1576), Marion (#1605), Moira (#1606), May (#1645), Maritza (#1682), Maribel (#1820), Mari (#1861), Maryann (#1934), Marlo (#1980), Muriel, Maurine, Marylin, Maryjo, Mayme, Mea, Mimi, Maymie, Mai, Marla, Marielena, Mallie, Mame, Mamie, Maree, Mariann, Marianne, Mariel, Marietta, Marita, Mariette, Marika, Marilee, Marilla, Marilou, Marisa, Mariska and Ria. These relations of Maria were at the height of their popularity during 1920-1929 (AVERAGE #1351) and have become much less conventional since (#1495, 81% LESS USAGE), with forms like Marla falling out of fashion. Mary is more widely used than the rest, though Mia is now the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maria, Mai, Malia, Mallie, Mame in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mamie, Mara, Maree, Maren, Mari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariah, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariela, Marielena, Mariella, Marietta, Mariette in U.S.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maritza, Marla, Marlene, Marlo, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maryann, Maryjo, Marylin, Maura, Maurine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of May, Mayme, Maymie, Mayra, Mea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mercedes, Mia, Miah, Mimi, Miriam in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Moira, Moriah, Muriel, Ria 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, Marra, Maurie, Meara, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Merrie, Merry, Mira, Mirah, Mireio, Mireya, Miri, Mirra, Morah, Moria, Moyra, Myra, Myrah and Myree. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adria, Aria, Azaria, Catia, Damia, Darcia, Daria, Doria, Fadia, Kiria, Madira, Maia, Malkia, Marcia, Mareina, Marfa, Marga, Marial, Mariko, Marina, Maris, Marise, Marit, Mariza, Marjy, Markia, Markita, Marna, Marnia, Marnina, Marsia, Marta, Marti, Martia, Martta, Marva, Maxina, Maya, Maysa, Merial, Merna, Mirta, Myrla, Nasia, Saria, Syria, Tavia, Tyria, Vardia and Zaria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maria.

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