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GenderFeminine & Masculine
ScriptsΜαρια Greek Мария RussianBulgarian Марія Ukrainian Маріа Church Slavic
PronouncedPron.ma-REE-a ItalianGermanDutchGreek
mu-REE-u European Portuguese
ma-REE-u Brazilian Portuguese
mə-REE-ə CatalanEnglish
mah-REE-ah SwedishNorwegianDanish
MAR-ya Polish
MAH-ree-ah Finnish
mu-RYEE-yə Russian
mu-RYEE-yu Ukrainian

Meaning & History

Latin form of Greek Μαρια, 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.
VariantsMarie German Mari, Marie Swedish Mari, Marie Norwegian Mari, Marie Danish Marjo, Marja Dutch Maleah, Mariah, Marie, Mary English Maaria, Marja, Marjo Finnish Miren Basque Mariya, Marya Russian Mariya Bulgarian Mariya Ukrainian Mariam Biblical Greek
DiminutivesMariella, Marietta, Mimi Italian Mariazinha Portuguese Mariona, Ona Catalan Maja, Mareike, Mariele, Marita, Meike, Mia, Mitzi, Ria German Maja, Majken, Mia, My Swedish Maiken, Maja, Mia Norwegian Maiken, Maja, Majken, 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, Marika, Maryla, Marzena Polish Mimi English Maarika, Maija, Mari, Marika, Marita, Maritta, Marjatta, Marjukka, Marjut Finnish Maia Basque Manya, Masha Russian
Other Languages & CulturesMarietjie Afrikaans Mariam, Maryam Arabic Mariam Armenian Maryia Belarusian Mary, Miriam Biblical Miriam Biblical Hebrew Mari Breton Marija, Maja, Mara, Mare, Marica, Marijeta, Maša, Mojca Croatian Marie, Madlenka, Maja, Marika, Máša Czech Maarja, Mari, Mirjam, Maarika, Mare, Marika Estonian Marie, Myriam, Manon, Marianne, Marielle, Mariette, Marion, Marise French María, Maruxa Galician Mariam, Mariami, Meri, Marika Georgian Maryamu Hausa Malia, Mele Hawaiian Miriam Hebrew Mariamne History Mária, Mara, Mari, Marica, Marietta, Marika, Mariska Hungarian María, Mæja Icelandic Máire, Maura, Moira, Mairenn, Máirín, Mallaidh, Maureen, Maurine, Moyra Irish Marija Latvian Marija Lithuanian Marija, Maja, Mare Macedonian Moirrey, Voirrey Manx Mere Maori Malle, Molle Medieval English Maryam Persian Márjá Sami Màiri, Maura, Moira, Moyra Scottish Marija, Maja, Mara, Marica Serbian Mária, Maja, Marika Slovak Marija, Mirjam, Maja, Mare, Marica, Maša, Mojca Slovene Marja Sorbian María, Marita Spanish Maritza Spanish (Latin American) Meryem Turkish Maryam Urdu Meryem Uyghur Mair, Mairwen, Mari Welsh Mirele Yiddish
Same SpellingMária, María
User SubmissionsMaria, Marià


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


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