Meaning and Origin of Maria - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Maria

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Bitter; the star of the sea
  • Hebrew : Bitter; rebellion

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Spanish (María), Italian, Portuguese, and Hungarian (Mária) : from the female personal name, Latin Maria, which arose as a back-formation from the early Christian female name Mariam. This was mistaken for an accusative case, with the usual Latin feminine accusative ending -am, but in fact it is an Aramaic form of the Hebrew name Miryam (see Marie).

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