Maria Name Meaning & Origin

Maria

Pronunciation: mah-REE-ə (key)

Origin of the name Maria:

Latin form of Mary, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām, a name of debated meaning. Many believe it to mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow." However, some sources cite 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 son of God.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Maija, Mariah, Marie, Marja, Mary, Masha

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Nicknames for Maria

Marie, Mary, Ria, Mimi, Mia, Mari, Maya, Maia, Molly, Mariah, Mar, Ri-Ri,
Nacha, Mashka

Meanings and history of the name Maria

Bitter, wished-for-child, rebellion

Famous real-life people named Maria

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1899 - 1918), daughter of Nicholas II
Maria Feodorovna (1847 - 1928), wife of Alexander III
The Virgin Mary - in Spanish La Virgen María
Maria Callas, legendary Greek Soprano
Maria Von Trapp, real-life inspiration for "The Sound of Music"
St. Maria Goretti (1890–1902) Patron of teenage girls and crime victims
Maria Shriver, journalist, Kennedy cousin and wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Maria Sharapova, tennis player

Maria in song, story & screen

"Ave Maria", hymn
"Maria (I just met a girl named Maria)" song from the musical West Side Story
"Maria, Maria" song by Santana
"My Maria" song by Brooks and Dunn
"O Maria", song by Beck
"(How Do You Solve A Problem Like) Maria", song from The Sound of Music
"Maria" song by Debbie Harry/Blondie.
Maria, lead character in "The Sound of Music"
Maria, lead character in "West Side Story"
Maria Callasantos, Feral from Marvel’s X-Force comics

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