Meaning and Origin of: Maria

Meaning and Origin of Maria

Girl name origins & meanings

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

What does Maria mean and stand for?

The name Maria is of Latin origin and means "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved". It is also thought to be of Hebrew origin and means "bitter, rebellious" and derives from the Hebrew name name Maryam/Mariam. Maria is quite a popular name in many European countries, though some use it as a masculine middle name.

Syllables: 3

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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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According to Social Security Administration data, Maria has only recently begun to drop in the ranks, originally maintaining a spot in the top 100 from 2000 to 2011. Despite the slight decline, Maria found itself in top 110 once again in 2019 and 2020.

However, it is the 28th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Maria was at its peak popularity in September 2017.

Maria is the Latin variation of Mary and has been consistently popular in all Spanish speaking countries. It is one of the most popular girl names starting with M and is timeless. It is popular through all mediums, with namesakes such as opera's Maria Callas (born Sophia Cecelia), tennis's Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, actress Maria Teresa Dizzia, and various royalty. Maria has also been in various songs, such as Ave Maria, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" in The Sound of Music, and the song from West Side Story.

Where is it Popular?

Maria was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Maria

  • Ari
  • Mar
  • Mary
  • Mia
  • Mimi
  • Ree
  • Ria

Pairs well with these middle names