User comments for Maria (Usage Only)

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
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
Also a feminine name in Slovenia, but not nearly as popular as MARIJA.
earthnut  7/2/2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
Another German diminutive is Mariechen (sometimes, but rarely, also used as an official name).
elbowin  5/2/2014
The name is also used in Iceland.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
My grandpa was a Swede adopted by an Italian couple; his first name was Maria. So, I'm gonna assume this was probably a "rare" case in which the name Maria was used as an actual first name for a male.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2016
Can be a feminine form of Marius, Mario (Spanish/Italian/Portuguese), Marios (Greek) and Mariusz (Polish).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/29/2016
Used in Czech Republic for males.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  3/7/2017

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