Girl Names baby nameMaria

What does the name Maria mean?

The different meanings of the name Maria are:
  • Hebrew meaning: Bitte; sea of bitterness
  • Latin meaning: Virgin. merciful, ransom
The meaning of the name “Maria” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name is a Latinate form of Mary. It has many origins and meanings,  from Italian meaning “beautiful” to Latin meaning “ransom”, “virgin” or “merciful”. A Latin form of the Greek word Μαρία, and when looked from Hebrew derivation, the word is ‘מִרְיָם’. Maria is the primary form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English where the common form is Mary.

Historically, the name was also sometimes used as a male middle name. It was also adorned by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780).

The meaning of the name is debated, while some suggest it to mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow". However, some sources quote the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea." The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Jesus.

The name has bought strength and laurels to star player Maria Sharapova, famous actress and activist Maria Bello, metal singer Maria Brink, wrestler Maria Kanellis and late dancer Maria Tallchief to name a few.

The year when the name Maria was most popular was 2002. For 2014, the number of births with name Maria represented 0.141 percent of total female births in U.S. In Mexico, it is a tradition to name the firstborn daughter as Maria. It also makes to the top 50 Irish baby girl names. An astounding fact is that 33.3% of all women in Bulgaria, are called Maria.

Maria also appears as a character in a Philippines based urban legend called ‘Maria Labo’. Some say she was the most beautiful girl in the world! In the Hispanic Legend ‘La Llorona’.

Mary, and Marie were the most prevalent forms in English-speaking countries.

Parents also choose related names like Maria, Marija, Marya, Mariya, Mariah, Marie, Maryam, Miriam, Mayra, Mayre, Moira, Moyre, Mae, Marnie, Mollie, Molly, Minnie.

Its counterparts are Marie in German, Marja, Marjo in Dutch, Marie, Mary, Maleah, Mariah in English, Maaria, Marja, Marjo in Finnish and Mariam in Biblical Greek.

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