Still a pretty name even with accent above letter "i". Same with Sofía.
With 4 865 020 bearers, María is the 1st most common given name in Spain (2014 Data). About 100% of bearers of this name are Female in Spain (2014 Data).

If in many years to come I have a daughter I would love to name her like this, but in Latin America countries it's too common! My mom's name is Maria Laura, she goes just by Laura, but she told me that in her school there were like seven of them! It's not too common now a days because it's a bit old, but I don't want my future distant daughter to have ten people in her class named like her, not even for a middle name (specially because I don't like those). But I really like the name, it's so beautiful, simple and calm, it would be perfect if there weren't that many Marias in this world.
María Grever (1885-1951) was the first female Mexican composer to achieve international acclaim.
If you're thinking of naming your daughter María/Maria/Mary/Mariah etc... don't. Just don't. It's too common, especially in Spanish speaking countries. They're everywhere and your daughter will abhor being mistaken for 5 other girls in her same class.

I'll add to this that in Spain you say "maría" referring to pot/weed so there's also that. You'll name someone the content of a joint.
María Paz Campos Trigo, better known as Paz Vega, is a Spanish actress. Vega was born in Seville to a housewife mother and a retired bullfighter father. Vega's younger sister has performed as a flamenco dancer. Vega has described her family as "traditional" and Catholic. She took her stage name from her grandmother. She decided to become an actress after attending a performance of Federico García Lorca's La casa de Bernarda Alba when she was 16. After completing compulsory education at 16, she was accepted at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school. After two years at the stage school and two more years studying journalism, Vega moved to Madrid.
María Eulalia Allende, from a village in northern Córdoba Province, gave birth to a boy weighing 7 lb (3.2 kg) at a hospital in the city of Córdoba. Ernesto Allende, both her cousin and the alleged father, disappeared two months before the birth and was sought by police.
María José de Pablo Fernández, known professionally as Cote de Pablo, is a Chilean-American actress and singer. Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to the United States at the age of ten, where she studied acting.
María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, professionally known simply by her stage name Charo, is a Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist. Charo began playing guitar at the age of nine and trained under the famed Andrés Segovia. In 1966, she married bandleader Xavier Cugat and they moved to the United States. In the late 1960s and 1970s, she became a ubiquitous presence on American television, frequently appearing as a guest star on series like Laugh-In, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. She is known for her uninhibited and exuberant manner, perceived lack of fluency in English and thick Spanish accent, and the catch-phrase "cuchi-cuchi". She was mostly seen as a comic figure but also became a gay icon.
María Rosa Luna Henson or "Lola Rosa" was the first Filipina who made public her story as a comfort woman for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War.
María Eugenia Cordovez Pontón served as the former First Lady of Ecuador from 1984 to 1988. She was the ex-wife of the former President of Ecuador León Febres Cordero.
María África Gracia Vidal aka The Queen of Technicolor was a Dominican motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films. Her screen image was that of a hot-blooded Latin seductress, dressed in fanciful costumes and sparkling jewels. She became so identified with these adventure epics that she became known as "The Queen of Technicolor". Over her career, Montez appeared in 26 films, 21 of which were made in North America and five in Europe.
María Julia “Maju” Mantilla García is a Peruvian actress, dancer, model, teacher and beauty queen who won Miss World 2004 in China. Born in Trujillo, Mantilla is the younger of two daughters. She was studying to become a high school teacher and planned to start a second degree in Tourism. One of her dreams was to own an online tourism company to promote her native town and country all over the world. Her city, Trujillo, is a mixture of colonial and pre-Columbian architecture.
Maria Olafs (Born as: María Ólafsdóttir) is an Icelandic singer, musician, and actress. She represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Unbroken", but failed to qualify for the final. She is known as Maria Olafs outside of Iceland. Her songs "Lítil skref" peaked the Icelandic charts at 2nd place. Her song "Unbroken" (the song she did in the Eurovision song contest) peaked the Icelandic charts at 3rd place.
Can also be used as a male name in combinations such as José María.
María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Coté de Pablo (born November 12, 1979), is a Chilean-American actress and plays "NCIS Federal Agent Ziva David" in the television series, NCIS. I would love to see Coté added to the namebanks here!
María Teresa Mirabal was an activist against Trujillo who was strangled to death on November 25, 1960.
This name drives me crazy because of how popular it is. Especially in Spanish-speaking countries, it's very traditional to have Maria as either a first or second name. Maria Florencia. Maria Eugenia. Maria Camila. Maria Sofia. It's everywhere and most girls go by their middle names so it's less confusing, not that it helps.
It is a very common Spanish name, too.
A famous bearer of the name was Maria Felix, a legendary star of the Mexican cinema during the 1940's and 1950's who was known as 'La Devoradora', the 'Devourer of Men', because of the femme fatale roles she played.

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