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

Also some Marias have second names:
LUISA,Paula,Gabriela,Ana,Louise and matilde.

Nicknames for MARIA LUISA
Malu Marielu Marilulu Marie Malulu Malula

Mæja (Icelandic María)

Meanings and history of the name Maria

Meanings of the name "Maria".

French:
Bitter.

German:
Bitter.

Italian:
Bitter.

Spanish:
Bitter.

Swedish:
Bitter.

American:
Bitter.

Hebrew:
Wished-for-child; rebellion; bitter.

Latin:
Commonly-used Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter. Fact: Popular with both Spanish and non-Spanish cultures.

Norse:
Name not originally Norse but it appears in several sagas and is the name of King Harald Sigurdsson's daughter.

Famous real-life people named Maria

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1899 - 1918), daughter of Nicholas II
Maria Feodorovna (1847 - 1928), wife of Alexander III
Maria Alexandrovna (1824 - 1880), first wife to Alexander II
Maria Reynolds, mistress to Alexander Hamilton
The Virgin Mary - in Spanish La Virgen María
Maria Callas, legendary Greek Soprano
Maria Malibran, Legendary Spanish-French Opera Singer and First Female Classic Composer
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 Kanellis, wrestler
Maria V. Snyder, author
Maria Sharapova, tennis player
Maria Brink, vocalist for the band In This Moment
Maria Nikolaevna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia (1899-1918) Maria Isabel, singer, winner of Junior Eurovision 2004
Maria Selman, Mario Selman (social media star) sister
Maria Adela Huggins (b. 2009), daughter of American actress Penelope Ann Miller

Maria in song, story & screen

"Ave Maria", hymn
The name Maria was mentioned in the song "Round Here" by the Counting Crows
"Maria (I just met a girl named Maria)" song from the musical West Side Story
"Maria Blanca", children's song
"Maria, Maria" song by Santana
"My Maria" song by Brooks and Dunn
"Take a Letter Maria," song by R.B. Greaves
"O Maria", song by Beck
"(How Do You Solve A Problem Like) Maria", song from The Sound of Music
"Dear Maria, Count Me In", song by the band All Time Low
María, a novel by Jorge Isaacs
"Maria" song by Debbie Harry/Blondie.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, a British and Canadian talent show
Maria Gianni, character from the American telenovela Fashion House, played by Bo Derek
Maria Traydor, character in tri-Ace's role playing video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Maria, character from the video game Silent Hill 2 and its mini-prequel "Born from a Wish."
Maria Robotnik, character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games
Maria Rodriguez, long-running character on Sesame Street played by Sonia Manzano
Maria, lead character in The Sound of Music
Maria, lead character in West Side Story
Maria DeLuca, character from Roswell (TV series)
Maria Petrova, character from the video game Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
Maria Ushiromiya, a character in the visual novel, manga and anime series Umineko no Naku Koro ni
"Maria", song by Green Day
"Maria" song from Broadway musical "West Side Story".
"Beautiful Maria of My Soul" song from "The Mambo Kings" movie soundtrack.
Maria Josefina Montoya, American Girl
Maria Callasantos, Feral from Marvel’s X-Force comics

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