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Maria

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545k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Maria

"Maria" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Of the Sea or Bitter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun maria
Senses
  1. [Astron] Plural form of mare, a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon.
  2. [Bot] A valuable timber tree of Panama.
    synonyms: Calophyllum longifolium.
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  1. A dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
  2. Valuable timber tree of Panama
Wiktionary

From Latin Maria, from Ancient Greek Μαρία (María), Μαριάμ (Mariám), from Aramaic מרים (Maryām), corresponding to the Hebrew מרים (Miryām). A Latinate variant of the vernacular English Mary.

  1. A female given name.

    Maria was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Gothic, Hawaiian, Italian, Latin, Norman, Norwegian, Old Saxon, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Maria

    Marie was given the name Maria Salomea Skłodowska on November 7th, 1867 in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, then part of Russian Empire. She breathed her last breath on July 4th, 1934.

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    Charo is an actress, singer, and classical guitarist. She was most active from 1963 to present. Charo was given the name María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza on March 13th, 1941 in Murcia.

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    Halle Berry is an actor, model (people), film producer, actress, and model. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Halle was given the name Maria Halle Berry on August 14th, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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    Maria Sharapova is a tennis player. She has been prominent since 2001. Maria was born on April 19th, 1987.

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    Mia Farrow is an actress and activist. She was most active from 1959 to present. Mia was given the name María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow by her parents John Farrow and Maureen O'Sullivan on February 9th, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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    Maria Bello is an actress, producer, and writer. She was most active from 1992 to present. Maria was given the name Maria Elena Bello on April 18th, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Maria

    Dulce María is a latin pop and pop musician. She has been prominent since 1990. Dulce was given the name Dulce María Espinosa Saviñón on December 6th, 1985 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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    Ángel Di María is a soccer player for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosario Central, S.L. Benfica, Real Madrid C.F., Manchester United F.C., Argentina national under-20 football team, Argentina national under-23 football team, and Argentina national football team. Ángel was born on February 14th, 1988 in Rosario, Argentina.

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    Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, producer, journalist, podcaster, television host, neuroscientist, and science communication. Cara was given the name Cara Louise Santa Maria on October 19th, 1983 in Plano, Texas. Cara is also known as Santa Maria and Cara Louise.

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    Juana was born in 1811 in San Nicolas Island. She left this life on October 19th, 1853.

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    Rakesh was born on January 19th, 1957.

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    Queen consort of Yugoslavia Maria was royalty. She holds the title Queen consort of Yugoslavia. She was most active from 1929 to 1934. Queen was born as the child of Ferdinand I of Romania and Marie of Romania on January 6th, 1900 in Gotha. She died on June 22nd, 1961.

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    How popular is the baby name Maria in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 125 125 0
    1881 120 120 0
    1882 121 121 0
    1883 141 141 0
    1884 190 190 0
    1885 175 175 0
    1886 180 180 0
    1887 203 203 0
    1888 239 239 0
    1889 238 238 0
    1890 247 247 0
    1891 248 248 0
    1892 301 301 0
    1893 255 255 0
    1894 309 309 0
    1895 295 295 0
    1896 312 312 0
    1897 304 304 0
    1898 329 329 0
    1899 266 266 0
    1900 389 389 0
    1901 350 350 0
    1902 331 331 0
    1903 379 379 0
    1904 393 393 0
    1905 430 430 0
    1906 389 389 0
    1907 490 490 0
    1908 480 480 0
    1909 544 544 0
    1910 621 621 0
    1911 653 646 7
    1912 835 828 7
    1913 918 909 9
    1914 1,125 1,117 8
    1915 1,302 1,286 16
    1916 1,276 1,261 15
    1917 1,451 1,441 10
    1918 1,551 1,544 7
    1919 1,697 1,677 20
    1920 1,958 1,936 22
    1921 2,057 2,028 29
    1922 1,954 1,929 25
    1923 2,020 1,999 21
    1924 2,316 2,291 25
    1925 2,393 2,360 33
    1926 2,375 2,349 26
    1927 2,642 2,592 50
    1928 2,600 2,562 38
    1929 2,577 2,535 42 #100 girl name
    1930 2,596 2,541 55 #99 girl name
    1931 2,222 2,185 37
    1932 2,074 2,043 31
    1933 1,891 1,861 30
    1934 2,017 1,992 25
    1935 2,033 1,991 42
    1936 2,009 1,980 29
    1937 1,978 1,953 25
    1938 2,045 2,010 35
    1939 2,116 2,077 39
    1940 2,170 2,136 34
    1941 2,498 2,468 30
    1942 2,852 2,817 35 #97 girl name
    1943 2,889 2,864 25
    1944 3,378 3,361 17 #80 girl name
    1945 3,339 3,310 29 #86 girl name
    1946 3,988 3,962 26 #88 girl name
    1947 4,739 4,710 29 #79 girl name
    1948 4,849 4,813 36 #75 girl name
    1949 5,162 5,118 44 #72 girl name
    1950 5,104 5,079 25 #73 girl name
    1951 5,259 5,233 26 #75 girl name
    1952 5,728 5,697 31 #72 girl name
    1953 6,022 5,982 40 #68 girl name
    1954 6,622 6,586 36 #65 girl name
    1955 6,242 6,200 42 #69 girl name
    1956 6,760 6,735 25 #73 girl name
    1957 6,809 6,767 42 #71 girl name
    1958 6,929 6,897 32 #65 girl name
    1959 7,290 7,240 50 #62 girl name
    1960 7,568 7,528 40 #59 girl name
    1961 7,970 7,932 38 #57 girl name
    1962 9,125 9,084 41 #49 girl name
    1963 9,862 9,827 35 #43 girl name
    1964 10,184 10,135 49 #41 girl name
    1965 9,513 9,470 43 #46 girl name
    1966 9,167 9,112 55 #44 girl name
    1967 8,917 8,862 55 #42 girl name
    1968 8,422 8,377 45 #41 girl name
    1969 8,450 8,382 68 #40 girl name
    1970 8,734 8,672 62 #39 girl name
    1971 8,166 8,112 54 #37 girl name
    1972 7,758 7,699 59 #32 girl name
    1973 7,708 7,644 64 #31 girl name
    1974 7,842 7,782 60 #31 girl name
    1975 7,597 7,519 78 #31 girl name
    1976 7,399 7,340 59 #34 girl name
    1977 7,138 7,081 57 #36 girl name
    1978 7,074 7,009 65 #36 girl name
    1979 7,412 7,326 86 #37 girl name
    1980 7,935 7,861 74 #36 girl name
    1981 7,764 7,673 91 #40 girl name
    1982 7,459 7,343 116 #42 girl name
    1983 6,917 6,845 72 #43 girl name
    1984 6,206 6,120 86 #50 girl name
    1985 6,100 6,006 94 #52 girl name
    1986 6,224 6,128 96 #49 girl name
    1987 5,768 5,671 97 #53 girl name
    1988 5,802 5,702 100 #60 girl name
    1989 6,443 6,332 111 #56 girl name
    1990 7,285 7,182 103 #47 girl name
    1991 7,220 7,127 93 #45 girl name
    1992 7,141 7,082 59 #45 girl name
    1993 7,035 6,970 65 #45 girl name
    1994 6,793 6,752 41 #47 girl name
    1995 7,044 6,997 47 #44 girl name
    1996 7,628 7,593 35 #37 girl name
    1997 7,348 7,311 37 #38 girl name
    1998 6,837 6,814 23 #43 girl name
    1999 7,058 7,028 30 #39 girl name
    2000 6,867 6,851 16 #41 girl name
    2001 6,854 6,839 15 #41 girl name
    2002 6,406 6,381 25 #40 girl name
    2003 6,105 6,086 19 #42 girl name
    2004 5,780 5,751 29 #42 girl name
    2005 5,618 5,592 26 #46 girl name
    2006 5,611 5,598 13 #46 girl name
    2007 5,132 5,118 14 #53 girl name
    2008 4,597 4,584 13 #63 girl name
    2009 4,146 4,132 14 #70 girl name
    2010 3,429 3,416 13 #86 girl name
    2011 3,223 3,216 7 #92 girl name
    2012 3,037 3,031 6
    2013 2,816 2,811 5
    2014 2,766 2,760 6
    2015 2,825 2,819 6
    2016 2,795 2,788 7

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    Popularity of Maria as a first name

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    Popularity of Maria as a last name

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    Common last names for Maria

    • Rodriguez
    • Garcia
    • Martinez
    • Gonzalez
    • Hernandez
    • Lopez
    • Perez
    • Rivera
    • Sanchez
    • Torres
    • Ramirez
    • Diaz
    • Flores
    • Ortiz
    • Fernandez
    • Gomez
    • Ramos
    • Morales
    • Cruz
    • Reyes

    Common first names for Maria

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Maria U.S.
      White 31.93% 64.26%
      African American 1.93% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.53% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.13% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.27% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 58.20% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Maria

    People with the last name Maria are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Maria

    • How Popular is the name Maria? Maria is the 116th most popular name of all time. As a last name Maria was the 7,395th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Maria have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 544,724 babies born with the first name Maria in the United States. That's more than enough people named Maria to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Maria? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 125 new born babies.
    • When was Maria first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Maria is Tuesday, November 6th, 1866.
    • What year had the most people named Maria born? The highest recorded use of the first name Maria was in 1964 with a total of 10,135 babies. That's a lot of babies named Maria!
    • Random Maria Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Maria ranks 27th in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 91 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1957.
    • Weird things about the name Maria: Your name in reverse order is Airam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aamri. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Maria? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,500 people with the last name Maria.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Maria? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Maria as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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