Gender Feminine & Masculine
Scripts Μαρία(Greek) Մարիա(Armenian) Мария(Russian, Bulgarian) Марія(Ukrainian) Маріа(Church Slavic)
Pronounced Pron. ma-REE-a(Italian, German, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Romanian, Basque)
mu-REE-u(European Portuguese)
ma-REE-u(Brazilian Portuguese)
mə-REE-ə(Catalan, English)
mah-REE-ah(Norwegian, Danish)

Meaning & History

Latin form of Greek Μαρία, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see Mary). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.

This was the name of two ruling queens of Portugal. It was also borne by the Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), whose inheritance of the domains of her father, the Holy Roman emperor Charles VI, began the War of the Austrian Succession.

Related Names

VariantsMarie(German) Mari, Marie(Swedish) Mari, Marie(Norwegian) Mari, Marie(Danish) Marjo, Marie, Marja(Dutch) Mariah, Maleah, Marie, Mary(English) Maaria, Marja, Marje, Marjo(Finnish) Maarja, Mari, Marje, Marju(Estonian) Miren(Basque) Mariya, Marya(Russian) Mariya(Bulgarian) Mariya(Ukrainian) Mariam(Biblical Greek)
DiminutivesMariella, Marietta, Mia(Italian) Mariazinha(Portuguese) Mariona, Ona(Catalan) Maja, Mareike, Mariele, Marietta, Marita, Meike, Mia, Mitzi, Ria(German) Maj, Maja, Majken, Marika, Mia, My(Swedish) Mai, Maiken, Maj, Maja, Mia(Norwegian) Mai, Maiken, Maj, Maja, Majken, Maren, Mia(Danish) Jet, Jette, Maaike, Marieke, Mariëlle, Mariëtte, Marijke, Marike, Mariska, Marita, Meike, Mia, Mieke, Miep, Mies, Ria(Dutch) Maike, Mareike(Frisian) Marietta, Marika(Greek) Maja, Marietta, Marika, Maryla, Marysia, Marzena(Polish) Maricica(Romanian) Mimi(English) Maarika, Maija, Mari, Marika, Marita, Maritta, Marjatta, Marjukka, Marjut(Finnish) Maarika, Mai, Maia, Maie, Malle, Mare, Marika, Maris(Estonian) Maia(Basque) Manya, Marusya, Masha(Russian) Mariela, Mariyka(Bulgarian) Mariyka, Marusya(Ukrainian)
Other Languages & CulturesMarietjie(Afrikaans) Mariam, Maryam(Arabic) Meriem(Arabic (Maghrebi)) Maryam(Bashkir) Mariya, Maryia(Belarusian) Mary, Miriam(Biblical) Miriam(Biblical Hebrew) Merjem, Merjema(Bosnian) Mari, Mai(Breton) Marija, Maja, Mara, Mare, Marica, Marijeta, Maša, Mia(Croatian) Marie, Miriam, Maja, Marika, Máša(Czech) Mariyam(Dhivehi) Mere(Fijian) Marie, Myriam, Manon, Marianne, Marielle, Mariette, Marion, Marise, Maryse(French) María, Maruxa(Galician) Mari, Mariam, Meri, Marika(Georgian) Maryamu(Hausa) Malia(Hawaiian) Miriam, Miri(Hebrew) Mariamne(History) Mária, Mara, Mari, Mariann, Marica, Marietta, Marika, Mariska(Hungarian) María, Mæja(Icelandic) Máire, Maura, Moira, Moyra, Muire, Máirín, Mallaidh, Maureen(Irish) Mariyam(Kazakh) Maija, Marija, Māra, Mārīte(Latvian) Marija(Lithuanian) Marija, Maja, Mare(Macedonian) Mariam(Malay) Marija(Maltese) Moirrey, Voirrey(Manx) Mere(Maori) Malle, Molle(Medieval English) Maryam(Persian) Márjá(Sami) Mele(Samoan) Mhairi, Moira, Moyra(Scottish) Màiri, Moire(Scottish Gaelic) Marija, Maja, Mara, Marica(Serbian) Mária, Miriam, Maja, Marika, Miriama(Slovak) Marija, Mirjam, Maja, Manca, Mare, Marica, Maruša, Maša, Mia, Mija(Slovene) Marja(Sorbian) María, Míriam, Mariela, Marita, Mía(Spanish) Maritza(Spanish (Latin American)) Mariamu(Swahili) Maryam(Tatar) Mele(Tongan) Meryem(Turkish) Mariyam, Maryam(Urdu) Meryem(Uyghur) Mair, Mari(Welsh) Mariama(Western African) Mirele(Yiddish)
Surname DescendantsMaria(Italian) Maria(Portuguese)
Same SpellingMária, María
User SubmissionsMarìa, Maria, Marià

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Name Days

Austria: January 1
Austria: March 15
Austria: June 8
Austria: September 12
Denmark: July 2
Denmark: July 22
Denmark: August 15
Denmark: September 8
Denmark: November 21
Denmark: December 8
Estonia: March 25
Finland: July 2
Greece: August 15
Greece: November 21
Italy: January 1
Italy: April 16
Italy: May 7
Italy: May 8
Italy: May 24
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Norway: March 25
Poland: January 23
Poland: February 2
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Poland: September 24
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Poland: December 8
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Russia: January 19
Russia: February 8
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Russia: August 4
Sweden: February 28


Portrait of Maria Theresa (1729)Portrait of Maria Theresa (1729)


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