Pronounced Pron. Mah-REE-lee-ah, MAH-ri-li-AH
Other Forms FormsMarilia, Marilha, Marílha
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 1/3/2008
Poetic variant form of Maria. It was introduced by the Lusitan-Brazilian poet Tomás Antônio Gonzaga (1744-1810), who invented the name for his lyric poem "Marília de Dirceu", which he wrote under the pseudonym of Dirceu. The name was at least partly inspired by his beloved, Maria Dorotéia Joaquina de Seixas. Also, note that in these modern times, there can be cases where Marília is a contraction of María Lucília.