Girl Baby Name

Maria

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Quick Facts on Maria

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 112
Pronunciation:
mә-REE-ah
Simple meaning:
Beloved (Mary)

Characteristics of Maria

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maria

Maria is generally considered the Latin, Italian and Spanish form of Mary, in honor of the Virgin Mother (which is correct); however, Maria actually predates Christianity in ancient Roman society. Technically speaking, Maria originated as the female equivalent to Marius, an Old Roman masculine name believed to mean either “masculine, virile” (from the Latin “mas”) or “sea” (from the Latin “mare”). However, once Christianity infiltrated Roman society and officially became the state religion in the 4th century, the name Maria was used as the Latinized form of the Hebrew Miriam (the root name for Mary). Miriam, in turn, is probably derived from the Egyptian element “mry” meaning “beloved”, although other etymologists believe Miriam means “rebellion” from a word of uncertain language origin. In any case, in Latin society Maria became mainly associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus (the French use Marie). Although considered too holy for use at first, the names Mary, Marie and Maria were eventually embraced at all levels of medieval European society. In fact, these three names would become the most popular female given names of all time.

Popularity of the Name Maria

Interestingly, Maria is currently more popular than Mary in the United States (she surpassed her English counterpart for the first time in 1996). Ranked as the #101 most favorite baby girls name in 2012, Maria just missed the Top 100 list by a hair. That hasn’t happened since 1943! Always a popular name, Maria is especially favored among Hispanic-Americans. The name is used with the most frequency in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey and California (states with the highest per capita population of Latinos). It’s a lovely, three-syllable rendition of Mary or Marie. You simply can’t go wrong with a name like Maria.
Popularity of the Girl Name Maria
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maria

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maria

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maria

    Maria (For Whom the Bell Tolls) Maria is the love interest of the American Robert Jordan in Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 classic, For Whom The Bell Tolls, (made into a movie in 1943 with the incomparable Ingrid Bergman as Maria). The beautiful young Maria has suffered greatly in the Spanish Civil War, having lost her family, been raped, and having had her hair shorn. Youth and her own natural innocent goodness are on her side, however, and she is recovering when Jordan arrives in the guerilla camp. Their attraction is powerful and instantaneous – and immediately consummated (“Did thee feel the earth move?”). Maria instills a revived sense of hope into the cynical American, and he dares to hope for a future with her. It is not to be, of course, but Maria (Spain?) is saved again by the heroics of the man who loves her – she lives on.

    Maria (Twelfth Night) Maria is a character in William Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, believed to have been written around 1601/02. Maria is the Countess Olivia’s lady-in-waiting, and she is a spirited prankster in her own right. In this comedy of errors, involving the usual male-to-female-and vice-versa changeovers, Maria is part of the plot to make Olivia’s steward, Malvolio, believe the noblewoman is in love with him. Maria writes a letter to him, purporting to be from Olivia, which inspires Malvolio to enact all kinds of nonsense. This gets him (again through Maria’s intervention) thrown into a dark holding chamber. An educated, literate, prankster of a ladies’ maid deserves a happy ending, and Maria gets one – she marries Sir Toby Belch. Apart from the fate of being addressed as Madam Belch, she could have done a whole lot worse!

    Maria Bertram (Mansfield Park) Maria Bertram is a character in Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Mansfield Park. She is one of four children of a wealthy family which takes in their beautiful but impoverished niece, Fanny Price, to their home at Mansfield Park. Maria is as bad as Fanny is good, which is saying something. She is vain, self-centered and focused on finding a suitable marriage partner. She treats Fanny like the poor relation she is, and gives her little thought beyond the mandatory teasing. Although engaged to the rich and stupid Mr. Rushworth, Maria is also entranced with the newcomer, Henry Crawford, and dallies with him. When the caddish Henry jilts her, Maria quickly (and regrettably) marries Mr. Rushworth. Sometime later, she and Henry take up with each other again, creating a great scandal and prompting Mr. R. to divorce her and Henry to abandon her. Maria reaps the wages of sin – we are told she adjourns “to another country”. The climate, emotional and otherwise, has to be better!

  • Popular Songs on Maria

    Popular Songs on Maria

    Ave Maria - a classical piece by J. S. Bach/Charles Gounod

    Ave Maria No Morro - a song by Andrea Bocelli

    Black Maria - a song by Todd Rundgren

    María - a song by Ricky Martin

    Maria - a song by Blondie

    Maria - a song by Brian Setzer Orchestra

    Maria - a song by George Strait

    Maria - a song by Green Day

    Maria - a song by Men at Work

    Maria - a song by Perry Como

    Maria - a song by Rage Against the Machine

    Maria - a song by The Jackson 5

    Maria - a song from The Sound of Music

    Maria - a song from West Side Story

    Maria - a song by Wu-Tang Clan

    Maria - a song by ALO

    Maria (You Were the Only One) - by Michael Jackson

    Maria Dolores - a song by Joan Baez

    Maria Elena - a song by Hank Snow

    Maria Elena - a song by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

    Maria Elena - a song by Michael Buble

    Maria Elena - a song by Ry Cooder

    Maria is a Mystery - a song by David Allan Coe

    Maria Magenta - a song by Donovan Leitch

    Maria Maria - a song by Santana

    My Maria - a song by B.W. Stevenson

    My Maria - a song by Brooks & Dunn

    O Maria - a song by Beck

    Sancta Maria - a song by Andrea Bocelli

    Sarah Maria - a song by James Taylor

    They Call the Wind Maria - a song by Kingston Trio

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maria

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maria

    Call Me Maria (Judith Ortiz Cofer) - Maria is a girl caught between two worlds: Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives in a basement apartment in the barrio. While her mother remains on the island, Maria lives with her father, the super of their building. As she struggles to lose her island accent, Maria does her best to find her place within the unfamiliar culture of the barrio. Finally, with the Spanglish of the barrio people ringing in her ears, she finds the poet within herself. In lush prose and spare, evocative poetry, Cofer weaves a powerful novel, bursting with life and hope. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    María Tenía Una Llamita (Angela Dominguez) - Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    My Name Is Maria Isabel (Alma Flor Ada) - A third grader realizes the importance of her name in this classic story of heritage and self-identity. For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself? Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Maria

    Famous People Named Maria

    Famous People Named Maria - Maria Shriver (journalist/former First Lady of California); Maria Bello (actress); Maria Menounos (entertainment journalist); Maria Sharapova (tennis player); Mia Farrow (actress, born Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maria

    Children of Famous People Named Maria

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maria - Elizabeth Taylor (actress); Eunice Kennedy Shriver (one of the Kennedys); Gary Cooper (actor); Harvey Korman (comic/actor); James Monroe (U.S. President); John Farrow (director); Marlene Dietrich (actress); Maureen O' Sullivan (actress); Rosemary Clooney (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Maria - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Maria - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maria.

Personality of the Girl Name Maria

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maria

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