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Another nickname for 'Maria' is 'Marie' (a Danish nickname, pronounced Ma-ree-uu), and another Danish nickname to 'Marie' is 'Mie' (pronounced Mee-uu).
-- Anonymous User  3/27/2005
The heroine of the musical West Side Story bears this name, and the show includes a beautiful song called "Maria" dedicated to her.
-- Soul  6/29/2005
It's a nice name to have, provided you never come across any people who realise it rhymes with a host of embarrasing diseases. And if you don't mind your stubborn family constantly calling you "Marie", then you're laughing.
-- Miss Natla  6/29/2005
My middle name is Maria and I thnk it is a pretty name and it is pasted down my mother's side of the family. Almost all of the girls on my mother's side of the family have Maria as a middle name.
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2005
Maria Eduarda is the female protagonist of several Portuguese books and songs. Just see "Os Maias" by Eça de Queirós or the song called "Maria da Fonte". In Portugal it is also very common to use religious middle names with it like Maria das Dores, Maria da Luz or Maria dos Prazeres. Ana Maria is also a very common combo.
-- Mary-Rach  8/5/2005
I like this name a lot and it is another version of the name Mary. It's a very religious name and a very nice name as well.
-- Krystal4ever  8/12/2005
Maria is the most common name in Malta. For many Maltese it is considered to be the most beautiful name!
-- Maria Mer  10/20/2005
Maria is the name of someone unique in their own way - an artist, a dancer, or just someone on the opposite side of the classroom. This name represents beauty from within (or in my best friend's case, from the outside also) and compassion.
-- PssycatDoll  11/4/2005
A famous bearer is Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma. She's the daughter of prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Irene of Lippe-Biesterfeld (sister of queen Beatrix of the Netherlands).
-- Anonymous User  11/16/2005
Maria is Mary in Spanish and it sounds good in any European language.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2005
I know a woman named Maria who pronounces it like Mariah.
-- traleerose  12/6/2005
In "The Sound of Music," Maria was the name of the governess played by Julie Andrews. The nuns sang a cute song "How do you Solve a Problem Called Maria?"
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
My name is Maria. I don't know if I like it, but sounds very sweet, VERY OVERUSED. Something that would make me like it is when I think of characters that I admire that are called Maria. I guess it doesn't have to fit to a certain personality, isolated and all. Various people I know are called Maria and they are very different from each other, one can be religious, graceful, isolated.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2006
One of the children of Agathe Whitehead von Trapp & George von Trapp. Also one of the original Trapp family singers founded in 1936.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2006
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2006
The Latin root "mar" is the root of the sea. For example - "mar" means "sea" as a noun in Spanish, "marino" means "sea" as an adjective in Spanish, "marine" means "sea" as an adjective in English.
-- iva_toneva  6/19/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg.
-- khaotickharma  7/15/2006
A very pretty and classic name for a girl. Much nicer than than Madison, Avery, Trinity and all those other trendy, faddish names for girls nowadays. True, Maria is somewhat overused and common but I've always liked the 'universal' aspect and recognition that it has. I know a girl named this who goes by Ria as a nickname.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2006
This is the name of two members of the famous von Trapp family, whose story was immortalised in the musical "The Sound of Music". As well as the name of the main character, Maria von Trapp, it was also the name of one of the children. Maria F. von Trapp (born 1914), nicknamed "Mitzi" by her family, was the second daughter of the family and is represented in the movie by the character Louisa.
-- Chrisell  7/26/2006
My name middle name is Maria, I use it as my first name though since I don't really like my first name. It's an ok name, it's not the best name in my opinion, but it's not the worst either.
-- warriorsgirl  8/19/2006
The fine Los Lobos's rumba song "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul"!
-- iva_toneva  8/21/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Maria here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
The old English pronunciation of Maria was the same as Mariah. Ths pronunciation went out of fashion in the 19th and 20th centuries with European influence.
-- Anonymous User  9/9/2006
Maria was also the third daughter of the last czar, Nicholas II.
-- Shasta  10/3/2006
Maria was the name of one of the last grand duchesses of Russia. But her nickname was Mashka.
-- Anonymous User  12/31/2006
The Grand Duchess Maria may have possibly escaped the Romanov's masssacre instead of Anastasia. Scientists disagree on which grand duchesses's body is missing.
-- tomboy  3/11/2007
The missing bodies of Alexei and Marie/Anastasia Romanov were found not too long ago. Sadly, none of the family escaped that night.
-- winter seas  8/1/2009
In some parts of Norway it is pronounced as the Finnish and Dutch Marja. But it is written like Maria.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2006
I think Maria is a old sounding name, and is quite rarely used in Britain but is very common in Portuagal, Spain and Italy.
-- vervada  1/15/2007
This spelling is also pronounced Ma-rye-a which is Scottish or Ma' ria - heavy on the Ma which is Anglo. I was named after a Scottish great-grandmother who pronounced the spelling of her name Maria as Ma-rye-a.
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2007
Maria Ann-Christin Persson (b. In june 1959) played Pippi's friend Annika in "Pippi Longstocking" (the series from 1969-1970).
-- elliebeth  2/21/2007
I love the name Maria, but I wish people would shed the stereotypical image of a Spanish woman when thinking of it. It's a name used all around the world, people! It was my great-grandmother's name, and when I tell people, they're like "YOU'RE HISPANIC?" (I'm the most Irish looking thing you'll ever come across). And no, I'm not. But I like the name.
-- LindaRosemary  2/25/2007
Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko are Russian tennis players in the top 100!
-- Miracle1980Olympics  2/27/2007
I really love my name, here in Australia it is not a common name and that is what I like about it. I wouldn't want to be named something that everyone else is. Although it is a common Spanish name.
-- Mariajane  3/5/2007
In Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, Sir Thomas Bertram's eldest daughter Maria marries Mr. Rushworth and then elopes with Henry Crawford. (Her name is pronounced ma-RYE-a)
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2007
In Jane Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas' younger sister is named Maria. (Her name is pronounced ma-RYE-a)
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2007
Polish pet forms of Maria (which is very common in Poland) include Marysia [mah-RYH-shia] and Marycha [man-RYH-hah]. Marysia is a gentle pet form, while Marycha is used when you're angry at her about something.
-- angolmois  4/22/2007
I don't like this name, because nearly all the Marias I know are not very nice to me. I prefer the spelling “Marie” it sounds more Angelic.
-- MandieCampbell  5/4/2007
María Esther de Capovilla was the oldest living person, she was the last remaining documented person born in the 1880's. She died on August 27, 2006. She was 116 years, 347 days old.
-- Anonymous User  5/17/2007
I think this name is very pretty, and there is always the song stating, "My Mariiiiiiiiiiiaaaaa". And also there is the lovely Sound of Music! BUT! It reminds me of Mary. Which you can think of two ways. Hopefully you think of the Virgin Mary who gave birth to our savior Jesus Christ. But then you can think of "Bloody Mary" who killed so many innocent people.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2007
I love this name, I think it is beautiful and very lively. I think it is a very sweet name and it is not used very often where I live. I encourage people to use it more. :)
-- emmadaisy  6/29/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia, but not nearly as popular as MARIJA.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Maria was the name of the mother of Jesus or Iisus in Romanian. The name of Maria means "great lady".
-- ilinca zirra  7/13/2007
I think this name sounds sophisticated; short and sweet.
-- Anonymous User  8/27/2007
Maria is the commonest girl's name in Greece. Although it may sound natural, believe me, it is way too overused. There are 4 girls with this name and its combinations in my class.
-- Anonymous User  9/2/2007
Marie Antoinette's daughter was named Maria Teresa.
-- carenmuffin  9/16/2007
In reality, Maria Teresia was Marie Antoinette´s mother.
-- Emilie007  10/22/2008
Two of my best friends both have this as one of their middle names and I really like it. It's a bit too religeous for me as a first name but I think it's very nice for a middle name. I also know a few Catholic guys who have this as a middle name and I've always thought that was pretty weird, still, I like the name.
-- renee06  11/16/2007
"Maria" is Latin for "seas," its singular form being "mare".
-- Hart  1/1/2008
Maria can be used as a masculine middle name also in Italian, for example, Gian Maria. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2008
Yes, in Spanish as well this name is used as a male or female middle name. In example: Jose MARIA, just like Jose is sometimes used as a female middle name: Maria JOSE.
-- nadiaxox  3/13/2008
Maria Ouspenskaya (Ìàðèÿ Óñïåíñêàÿ, July 29, 1876 – December 3, 1949) was a Russian actress. She achieved success in Russian theater as a young woman. As she aged, she began performing in Hollywood films, particularly her Academy Award-nominated roles in 'Dodsworth' (1936) and 'Love Affair' (1939).
-- AndrewJKD  4/11/2008
The world's second set of surviving quintuplets (after the Dionne sisters) are born in Buones Ares, Argentina, on July 15, 1943. The five babies are three girls, Maria Ester, Maria Fernanda, and Maria Christina, and two boys Carlos Alberto and Franco.
-- Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
Maria Robotnik from Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog.
-- Zepton  9/1/2008
I adore the name Maria. It is sweet, elegant, classy and beautiful. A name that will suit a woman from any age group.
-- polyglot7  9/6/2008
My friend's grandmother's name was Maria prounounced like MAHR-EYE-UH.
-- Anonymous User  10/4/2008
Scientist Maria Curie-Skłodowska, born 7. November, 1867 Warszava – 4. July 1934 Sancellemoz, France.
-- Emilie007  10/22/2008
The Latin mare, plural maria, meaning the sea, has got nothing to do with the name Maria, of course . Though it has a link with Rosemary. This 'Maria' is pronounced MA ree a.
-- Anneza  10/27/2008
I like the name Maria, but I think it's extremely overused. It's still a good middle name, though.
-- Anonymous User  11/5/2008
Not too long ago, it was also pronounced mah-RYE-uh, similar to Mariah Carey's name.

In Ireland, in the late 19th c. many women pronounced it this way.
-- cairosam  3/12/2009
MAH-ree-ah is the Finnish pronunciation.
-- Yippal  4/18/2009
A famous bearer is French actress Maria Schneider (born March 27, 1952). She is best known for appearing as Jeanne in the 1972 film "Last Tango in Paris", opposite Marlon Brando.
-- AndrewJKD  6/24/2009
Maria al-Qibtiyya was a Coptic Christian who became the last wife (or possibly concubine) of the prophet Muhammad.
-- bananarama  6/27/2009
Maria (pronounced "Ma-rie-a") is the name of a character in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. As was often the case with variants of names in Shakespeare's day (and before and for sometime afterwards), this was evidently regarded as interchangeable with Mary. (At one point, Maria says, "My name is Mary, sir.")
-- Kosta  11/3/2009
Maria Sue Chapman (2003-2008), the youngest adopted daughter of Christian singer and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. The special needs orphan facility the Chapmans recently opened in China is called Maria's Big House of Hope. Maria was a special needs orphan born in China, and the facility will serve 120 children like her every month.
-- Atarah Derek  12/16/2009
This would be a great middle name, it goes with almost anything.
-- Cobweb  12/31/2009
Taro Maria Sekiutsu is the illegal immigrant girl in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

Also, I would like to point out to carenmuffin and Emilie007 that Maria Teresa was Marie Antoinette's mother, but she had a child named Marie Therese to honor her.
-- egyptianpanda  1/2/2010
Maria Callas -one of the greatest singers of all time! Born in the U.S. but of Greek parentage.
-- Anonymous User  3/9/2010
Maria is more foreign and exotic than the English form, Mary. Same with Ana vs Anna.
-- Hushpuppy  3/22/2010
My name is Maria. I was named after my crazy Italian nonna, but she's always gone by Mary. I hated my name when I was a kid, because everyone either #1: brought attention on me because they liked my name so much, or #2: they made the mistake of calling me Marie.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2010
There are so many MARIA SONGS! Be prepared to be serenaded a LOT if you go by this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2010
Living in the US it's usually thought of as being Mexican but I like to think of the Latin and European origins. As a Catholic it's made me feel particularly attached to the Virgin Mary (since Mary and Maria mean the same thing) I can't imagine having a different name. I've only come across a few women with the same name, most of them were much older than me. I've never had another child in my class with this name. The only bad thing is having people sing whenever they see you or thinking that Marie and Mimi are acceptable alternatives.
-- MariaAnn  6/2/2010
Extremely beautiful name, but rather overused. Much better than Mary or Marie though.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2010
In Estonia, pet forms of Maria are Maie (MAHEE-yeh) and Mai (MAHEE)
-- megi99  8/27/2010
My name is Maria and I like it. It is used in many countries and my parents are from different places, my father chose this name because he thought it was international. I like it because it has many pronunciations and usages.
-- Anonymous User  9/19/2010
I'm Maria, but a lot of my friends call me Mary or Marie.
-- maryy.ia  9/19/2010
I quite like the name, but I don't think I can use it.
-- Chrila96  12/26/2010
"Dear Maria, Count Me In" is a song by All Time Low.
-- guardgirl15  3/26/2011
Derived from the Latin word "Marea", meaning "of the sea".
-- writer371  4/29/2011
Awesome.
-- Joy12  5/4/2011
This should be probably listed under Spanish as well.

I really like this name, it's gorgeous, but I can't use it because my child would probably be teased for having such an ethnic name, whilst I am Caucasian. ]:
-- Christina Rose  5/14/2011
This is a very pretty name. It sounds like the name of a saint (funny, as there is a Saint Maria).
-- Black_X  8/19/2011
This name is very common in many different languages, but it's quite unique when used in English.
-- Hushpuppy  9/1/2011
Maria Ross is a fictional character in Fullmetal Alchemist.
-- Lumiereslove  1/31/2012
Maria of Austria (1531-1581), third daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. She later married the Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.
-- CarolinW  2/26/2012
In Portugal, up to the 80's most women had double names, one of them being Maria. This happened because the Virgin was crowned Queen of Portugal in 1640, and the country consecrated to her. A new crown was made, and since that time, Portuguese kings and queens could not be portrayed wearing the crown, since the Virgin is the eternal queen of Portugal. The name Maria, in women, reflects that dedication. That changed during the 80's when the country ceased to have an official state religion.
-- MJoao  3/9/2012
Maria (1853-1920) was the daughter of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and his wife Maria. She was married to Alfred, the son of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Her oldest daughter Marie was the Queen of Romania.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Maria was the oldest daughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna. She married into the de Beauharnais family.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Maria (1799-1800) was the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexander I of Russia and his wife Luise of Baden.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Maria (1513-1513) was the daughter of King Manoel I of Portugal and his second wife Maria.
-- CarolinW  6/17/2012
Maria (1562-1566) was the daughter of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and his wife Anna of Denmark.
-- CarolinW  6/21/2012
Maria (1515-1583) was the daughter of John, Elector of Saxony and his second wife Margarete.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Maria (1264-1304) was the daughter of King Afonso III of Portugal and his second wife Beatrice.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Maria (1660-1723) was the daughter of Tsar Alexei I of Russia and his wife Maria.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1689-1692) was the daughter of Tsar Ivan V of Russia and his wife Praskovia.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1713-1715) was the daughter of Tsar Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great) and his second wife Ekaterina.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1786-1859) was the daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1564-1564) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and his wife Maria of Spain.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1555-1556) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and his wife Maria of Spain.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1646-1646) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III and his first wife Maria Anna of Spain.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
Maria (1528-1603) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his wife Isabel of Portugal. She later married Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II.
-- CarolinW  7/17/2012
Maria (1819-1853) was the daughter of King Pedro IV of Portugal and his wife Maria Leopoldine of Austria. She later became the Queen of Portugal.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria (1851-1851) was the daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Ferdinand.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria (1840-1840) was the daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Ferdinand.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria (1628-1628) was the daughter of King Christian IV of Denmark and his second wife Kirsten.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria (1734-1816) was the oldest daughter of King Jose I of Portugal and his wife Mariana. She later became Queen Maria I of Portugal.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria (1872-1954) was the daughter of King Ludwig III of Bavaria and his wife Maria Theresia.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Maria (1599-1655) was the daughter of John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg and his wife Anna.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Maria (1313-1357) was the daughter of King Afonso IV of Portugal and his wife Beatrice.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Maria (1603-1603) was the daughter of King Philip III of Spain and his wife Margarete of Austria.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Maria (1580-1583) was the only daughter of King Philip II of Spain and his fourth wife Anna.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Maria (1432-1432) was the daughter of King Duarte of Portugal and his wife Eleonora.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Maria (1342-1467) was the daughter of King Pedro I of Portugal and his first wife Constance.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Maria is a character from the survival horror video game Silent Hill 2.
-- snarryvader81  7/22/2012
Fantastic name.
-- Gwendolineodz  8/21/2012
Beautiful name, but every other woman seems to be named this where I live! I do understand that it has religious significance due to being the name of Jesus' mother, and as a Catholic I think that's wonderful. But it's so common...
-- Buneary  10/25/2012
Name of the Day - October 27, 2012.
-- dwayne1996  10/27/2012
Derives from Greek: "μυρα" which means: the sea.
-- georgev1112  12/10/2012
My friend's little sister Maria goes by Mia. Mia as a nickname to Maria is much better than Mia as a full name, it sounds really childish as a full name, but Maria is a beautiful name :)
-- Anonymous User  1/24/2013
The name Maria is also commonly used in Georgia. It is not as common there as Mariam is, but still very common nonetheless.

In Georgian, Maria is written as: მარია.
-- Lucille  6/17/2013
This name is also used in Afrikaans.
-- Callirrhoe  10/25/2013
This name is very trite and plain.
-- Anonymous User  10/27/2013
Lovely. In America people think it means that you are Hispanic, but really it's a very pretty European name.
-- Lollipopfop  1/20/2014
I like this name as a middle name for males, like in Carlo Maria or Antonio Maria.

Here in Brazil it was very common to make religious combos with Maria, like Maria do Perpétuo Socorro (the infinite helping), das Dores (of the Pains), da Anunciação (of the Annunciation).
-- Philidel  1/28/2014
I don't really like the name Maria, I don't know it just sounds too fancy or something like that. Sounds more Spanish than English to me. Also I think it's incredibly too common.

Although I really really like the variants Marie and Mari. I like the diminutive Maia as well, but spelled "Maya".
-- IronClocks  3/3/2014
Another German diminutive is Mariechen (sometimes, but rarely, also used as an official name).
-- elbowin  5/2/2014
Why is this labeled as unisex? If a few dozen girls were unfortunately named Thomas, would the site have that labeled as unisex as well?
-- Anonymous User  8/11/2014

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