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Etymology & Historical Origin - Maritza
Maritza is a Spanish diminutive of María used primarily among Latin Americans (rather than Spanish speakers from the Iberian Peninsula where Marita is more common). María is, of course, the Spanish (Latin) form of Mary. Both María and Mary find their same roots in the Bible – obviously the Virgin Mother of Jesus. However, the name is ultimately believed to be derived from Miriam, from the Hebrew Maryam. The etymology is still up for debate, but considering Miriam in the Old Testament (i.e., Moses’ sister) hailed from slavery in Egypt, many experts believe the name is derived from an ancient Egyptian element “mry” meaning “beloved”. This seems to be the most accepted etymology, but there are several other meanings which have been assigned to Miriam/María’s name such as “rebellious” and “wished for child”, although these etymologies appear to be more folk creations. Lastly, many people think Mary/María means “(star) of the sea” due to a Latin phrase meaning the same, “stella maris”, which became one of María’s many titles in the Catholic Church. It provided the imagery of the Virgin Mother as a guiding star to Christians/Gentiles. We are going with the “beloved” etymology as the closest one to reality. As a diminutive of María, Maritza means “little beloved one”. Pet forms and diminutives of Mary which have developed into independently given names in the English language include Mia and Molly.
Popularity of the Name Maritza
Maritza found a place on the United State’s Top 1000 list of female names for the first time in 1956 and saw pretty quick (although modest) success. Usage of Maritza grew in tune with the overall rising population of Hispanic-Americans, but not at the same pace. Obviously not as popular as María, the informal pet form of Maritza has only seen so-so success on the charts. There have been a couple of influencers, although mild. One, a woman by the name of Maritza Sayalero became the first Venezuelan to win the Miss Universe pageant (1979) and, two, Maritza Cruz was a popular character on the drama series “Third Watch” (2003-2005). As a diminutive of María, Maritza is not only sweet and charming, but she’s a real beauty in her own right. The name brings more originality to the ever-popular, long-enduring María. It also has an upbeat and happy quality to its pronunciation – as if it should be the name of a lively dance number.
Popularity of the Girl Name Maritza
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maritza
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maritza
Maritza We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Maritza.
Popular Songs on Maritza
Maritza - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Maritza.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Maritza
Princess Maritza (Percy Brebner) - “There are stirring times at hand," she went on; "times in which men may strive and win. His majesty, the King, is fettered, politically bound, by conflicting interests, watched, carefully nursed by this Power and by that. He is unable to move as his people would have him. It is for me to act for him in this matter, secretly until the appointed hour strikes. Remember, Captain Ellerey, I am Queen as his Majesty is King, with equal rights, not as consort merely. Your sword is pledged to me as to the King. Therefore I can demand your service. I prefer to ask it.” Recommended for ages young adult and older.
Famous People Named Maritza
Famous People Named Maritza - Maritza Correia (Olympic swimmer); Maritza Sayalero (former Miss Venezuela/Miss Universe); Maritza Rodríguez (Columbian actress); Maritza Olivares (Mexican actress)
Children of Famous People Named Maritza
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maritza - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Maritza.
Maritza - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Maritza - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Maritza.
Personality of the Girl Name Maritza
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Maritza