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Beautiful name, I also love Marie. Both are so feminine and pretty.
My friend has a daughter on a video game named Maria. She just really liked the name for some odd reason. It is pretty and elegant though. Plus I love that it has royalty.
Maria has no connection to Jewish Meriem (hebrew mrm), it came from ancient Latin mr.
Marina, Maria, Marisa (as well as the male form Maria / Marius Maris ) came from the ancient Latin word for sea.
To clarify: Maria is sometimes used as a middle name for males in Catholic families (especially in the past, today it's rare). So it is used only as a middle name for men, NEVER as a first name. And to someone who wrote in a comment below that Italy is an Hispanic country, it's not, in Italy it's spoken Italian not Spanish.
Beautiful name, although I prefer Marie just a bit more.
A beautiful, elegant name that has beautiful history... or maybe wicked, I have no idea.
Also Judeo-Anglo-Norman.
Source: Seror, Simon "Les noms des femmes juives en Angleterre au Moyen Âge".
Such a beautiful beautiful name but ohh soo popular.
Also Romansh.
Source: "Vornamen in der Schweiz. Prénoms en Suisse. I nomi in Svizzera. Prenoms in Svizra" (1993) published by the Association of Swiss registrars
https://rm.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Madleina_(sursilvan)
Gascon, Provençal and Languedocian: https://ieo-oc.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=300 --- Source: Institut d'Estudis Occitans
Top 10 most common names globally:

1. MARIA
2. NUSHI
3. MOHAMMED
4. JOSE
5. MUHAMMAD
6. MOHAMED
7. WEI
8. MOHAMMAD
9. AHMED
10. YAN

There are multiple variations of the name Maria such as Mariya, Marya, Marie, Marina etc which enter the Top 1000 most common names globally.
J'adore Maria! A timeless classic though seriously overused in some parts of the world. Maria would suit a little girl, teenager, woman and sweet old lady. Mary and Marina are similarly beautiful and timeless in their own ways.
Maria is such a lovely name! It’s a name that I believe is timeless unlike Mary which is, in my opinion, quite dated.
I know a successful woman named Maria. If you want your daughter to be successful, name her this!
I didn't know this could be a boy's name. I like more as a girl's name but if I met a boy named Maria it depends on his personality.
I absolutely love this name, considering it's the name of my aunt/family friend, but the meaning does not suit the Maria, I mean "bitter"? Does NOT fit my aunt at all. We also call her Mimi instead of Maria.
Love this name, hey anonymous user, my actual aunt's name in Maria too, and yes it does mean "bitter", or "bitter seas" but it is one of the best names in my opinion!
This is a beautiful, timeless name, with the adorable nicknames of Marie, Ria and Mia. It can work in so many languages and countries, and is an amazing name on any age and personality. I love it pronounced as either ma-ree-a or the old-fashioned way of ma-rie-a. People who have this name are fortunate, assuming they don't dislike it. If I ever had a daughter, then I would strongly consider naming her Maria.
A beautiful classic. International, timeless, strong historical connections.
Well, this is the 2nd most common first name in the world. At the same time, I can see why. It's a classic, it's universal, well known, it sounds pretty, Maria is easy to spell and pronounce. It still manages to sound fresh even after years of use. Maria seems more vibrant and lively than plain old Mary. Mary is also pretty, but I think it's boring.
In my honest opinion it’s overused as hell (Especially in Hispanic cultures) but it’s honestly not bad.
This name is so historical, elegant and timeless, I love it. A bit overused in some parts of the globe but I believe this name will never truly die out. What a stunning name. The only problem I have with it is that it might not be 100% suitable for a small child, but I'm sure they eventually grow into it. Everyone I've met with this name has been so kind so it's left a great impression.
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, third child of Nicholas II, last Tsar of the Russian Empire.
Maria is a character in the game Phantasy Star Online 2. She is a CAST, which is basically like an android.
Has history. I like it.
Well, Maria is good name, classic, has quality, history, however, it is so popular, probably one of the most popular names for woman. So common, but still alright.
Maria Anna Shicklgruber was the name of Adolf Hitler's paternal grandmother.
Maria in my Latino culture it is WAY overused. Half my female relatives are named Maria with a differed middle name: Maria Cecilia, Maria Isabel, etc. I was named Maria Stephanie. Funny thing is that to avoid confusion, we all go by our middle names. So everyone knows me as Stephanie, but on paper I am Maria which always made things confusing in school. ("Huh? I thought you said your name was Stephanie.") Wish my parents had reversed it and named me Stephanie Maria.
Also Slovene: https://sl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria
Pretty! Maria suits all types of personalities!
As a young male I resented being given the middle name Maria, along with my two sisters. Living in an anglo-saxon society I kept it a secret and was always worried about people finding out and being teased. Growing older I became accustomed to it and could see how it might appeal to some people but I would never impose such an affliction on a son of mine when there are so many nice male names from which to choose.
Maria is a beautiful girl's name and has survived the test of time.
Maria is a Spanish idol from the game Love Live! School Idol Festival. Her name is written in katakana (マリア). She is in her first year in high school, her birthday is August 6th and her attribute is cool. She is unvoiced, doesn't have a voice actress.
I love it! Very classic. Mary, Maria, Marie, and Mari are all nice. I also like Miriam and Myriam. Also, just so you know, Maria is usually spelled María (with an accent mark) in Spanish-speaking countries, as well as in Galicia and Iceland. Maria is popular in Latin America, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Southern France (Catalan and Occitan-speaking areas), Greece, and several other places. And according to forebears.io, Maria is the most common name in the world, with 66,032,598 people bearing this name. Simple, short, sweet, and easy to pronounce. Lovely! :D.
I love this name! Maria can fit a variety of girls. This is a GIRL NAME.
According to forebears.io, Maria is the most common name in the world, with approximately 66,032,598 people bearing this name.
Hold on— masculine? Can’t really imagine this on a male. For females, beautiful and simple, great on every level.
If I have a daughter, I may name her Savannah Maria.
Maria means "the one who is loved by God".
Maria is a beautiful, gorgeous name.
Very beautiful. Fits the personality of all kinds of girls. Love it. Maria is a girl name in Germany, and I've never heard of a boy named Maria in my entire life. MARIA IS FOR GIRLS.
This is the middle name of the Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). He had an important influence on the Art Nouveau movement.
Pretty but common.
I believe Maria is a very pretty name. I get lots of compliments on it. But it’s pretty common I wish it wasn’t as much, so I mostly go by “Ria” since I think that is just easier and short. It’s just weird to have a name where at least 10 people you know have it. But otherwise I wouldn’t want ever to change my name, I just love it! ❤️.
H.I. H Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia (1899-1918) was the third daughter of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna of Russia.
Gianni Versace's middle name was Maria.
Very unprofessional. Too boring.
Boring ugly simple name.
Maria Haukaas Storeng is an Norwegian singer who represented her country in the 2008 Eurovision with the song "Hold On, Be Strong". She qualified from the semi final and cracked the top 10.
"Maria" is also the plural word for the Latin word "mare", meaning "sea"! So it also means "seas", even if that perhaps wasn't the original intention for its meaning.
Very nice and common, but this is primarily feminine in the US. Outside the US you can find men with this name. I met a man named Maria, very kind!
I know a boy named Maria. It’s a nice boy name outside of the US. I met him in South America, but it is generally only used by girls in the US.
The way that this is masculine, I don’t get.
Maria Skłodowska-Curie, more commonly known as Marie Curie, was a Polish physicist and chemist who won the Nobel prize twice.
I don’t think this name could suit a boy in America. While Maria could be unisex in more Hispanic countries like Mexico, Spain, or Italy, it’s considered strictly feminine in English Speaking counties such as here in the United States, same with the Polynesian unisex name Moana. They’re both feminine sounding names particularly in America. I love Maria for a GIRL. It’s a very classy and elegant name. A perfect relative for the girl’s name Marie. Although you could name your children (boys & girls) whatever you want especially in such a free country like America, the freedom to name males anything out of all the name books isn’t exactly 100% accurate. You COULD name a girl James, but you couldn’t get away with naming your son Kate, anywhere.
In Spanish speaking places, sometimes they use boy names for girls like Jesús and José as a second name. It would be rare to meet a girl named José, but you might meet a María José or a María de Jesús. Most of those names are religious and Spanish speaking countries tend to be Catholic. It is used more as a religious name, and if Maria were the name of a Queen or a historical figure it likely would not be used for a male.

However, most Marian titles (María de las Nieves, María de los Dolores) are feminine.
Maria is an absolutely lovely name FOR A GIRL. Anyone who thinks it is a masculine name is weird. Anyone who calls their son Maria is evil. It just sounds so feminine and girly. Girly names are really better than boyish names for a girl. Maria. It's just so lovely. Maria.
Also a Breton variant of Mari: https://br.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari --- "Mari (pe Maria a-wechoù)"
https://br.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria
This is a cool name.
I think Maria is a name that will be always popular. I think it's an easy name to pronounce. Here in Italy there are a lot of women with this name.
Maria Reynolds was Alexander Hamilton’s mistress between 1791 and 1792. She married James Reynolds at fifteen and had two other marriages to men whose names I do not remember. She is a minor character in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton.
EDIT: Maria, in this case, is pronounced ma-RYE-ah.
My daughter is Maria Frances Theresa. These are all names of my favorite relatives, but I prayed for a girl, asking the Blessed Mother Mary to send me one, and she did.
Maria is a beautiful name. It also makes a great middle name even if it’s too close to Marie. Perfect name for a baby girl. I wouldn’t name a boy Maria though. It’s all girl to me.
My name IS Maria and, this is great. :3.
Very common middle name. I prefer Maria over Marie.
Maria (1899-1918) is the third oldest daughter of Tsar Nicholas the 2nd and Tsarina Alexandra.
Maria is used more as a middle name than a first name (to honor the virgin Mary) in Latin America and Spain, for example you might be called Enrique Maria or Francisco Maria. The charts for countries like Spain show more feminine usage as a first name.
I absolutely love Maria for a girl, only! Maria’s definitely not a boys name AT ALL! It doesn’t sound masculine to me AT ALL! I’ve always associated with female Maria’s and even if there were male Maria’s I would’ve said it sounds better on a girl. It sounds so girly girly! Maybe in other countries, it would sound fine on boys, but in the United States, no, no, no! The boy will be mercilessly teased! I feel sorry for any U.S. boy carrying this name around!
Prettier than Mary, although not quite as lovely as Marie... I also cannot see this name on a boy.
In 2018, 46 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Maria who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 104th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
The name of a character in the light novel series "The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria". A very pretty name.
Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854-1920) was married to Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia.
Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia (1907–1951) was the daughter of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna.
Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia (1953) is the head of the current Romanov family.
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1890–1958), also known as Maria Pavlovna the Younger, was married to the Swedish Prince Wilhelm.
Empress Dowager Maria Feodorovna was the mother of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920) was the daughter of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and the wife of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
Maria Thins (1593-1680) was the mother-in-law of Johannes Vermeer.
Beautiful, timeless name. Who in their right mind would name a boy Maria?
My name is Maria. I think it's a quite nice, classic name. It just feels a bit odd in my mouth, when I introduce myself to other people.
Maria is a character from the anime Hamtaro. She is Bijou's owner and she is originally from France.
Another bearer is anarchist-feminist Maria Lacerda de Moura.
Maria Torres is a paramedic in the game Trauma Team.
Maria Minchin, a character in The Little Princess. She is the principal of the school.
Maria Alexandrovna Spiridonova, aka Maria Spridovna. Really cool association to have with your daughter's name.
Maria Sjoholm was in the all female rock band DRAIN Sth (Stockholm).
Seems warm and familiar to say, especially when you think of it as Spanish or Italian.
I don't think Maria is masculine. The Virgin Mary is a very female association.
This is my first middle name, it's pretty but I prefer Norah (my 2nd middle name).
Maria was the name of a devastating category 5 hurricane that recently occurred, I expect a significant drop in its popularity, and this kind of ruined the name for me.
Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, former First Lady of California, and the estranged wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has received a Peabody Award and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer's Project, Shriver earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a "television show with a conscience". She is a member of the Kennedy family. Shriver is currently a special anchor and correspondent for NBC News.
Maria Odete Brito de Miranda, known as Gretchen; born May 29, 1959 in Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian singer, reality television personality, actress, and businessman. She achieved popularity by the movie Night of the Living Dead, Gretchen, that tells the story of a German Brazilian transgender ladyman. Gretchen is known for reinventing both her music and representation, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. She has a vast musical repertory, and has been a source of some controversy throughout her career. Referred to as the Rainha do Bumbum, Gretchen is often cited as an influence by other artists.
Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, television host, and occasional professional wrestler of Greek descent. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
Maria Eliane Jesus Mascarenhas, an orphaned girl adopted by rural farm workers after her mother died in childbirth, gave birth by cesarean section to a 7 lb (3.2 kg) girl named Diane in Jequié.
Maria Ilinca Băcilă, also known as simply Ilinca, is a Romanian singer and yodeler. Along with Alex Florea, she will represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Yodel It!". She also participated in the season 4 of Vocea Romaniei, for the second season of Românii au talent and for the third season of X Factor with Trupa Quattro. She is well known for her unique yodel.
Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko-Stepanova is a Russian tennis player. Kirilenko won the 2002 U.S. Open Girls' Singles and won her first WTA Tour title in 2005, defeating Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the China Open. She has reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals, at the 2010 Australian Open the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and the 2013 French Open. In doubles, she has reached two Grand Slam doubles finals, at the 2011 Australian Open and the 2012 French Open, won the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and was a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career high ranking of World No. 10.
I never realised this was also a man's name, but now that I think about it, it's a nice name for a man!
Can be a little sickly, but still a beautiful, classic name.
Used in Czech Republic for males.
Maria Odete Brito de Miranda, known as Gretchen is a Brazilian singer and actress. She became notorious as the Rainha do Bumbum in the late 1970s. Her stage name was taken from 1976 film Aleluia, Gretchen that tells the story of a German Brazilian immigrant family.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, television host, and occasional professional wrestler of Greek descent. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
Maria Thayer is an American actress and comedian. She first earned public recognition for her portrayal of Tammi Littlenut on the cult series Strangers With Candy in 1999. Thayer has also had supporting roles in the comedy films Hitch (2005), Accepted (2006), and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008).

She has appeared in numerous television series, including a recurring role on the Adult Swim series Eaglehart (2011–14), and a lead role as Abbey Logan on the comedy series Those Who Can't.
Maria da Graça Meneghel commonly known as Xuxa is a Brazilian television presenter, film actress, singer, and businesswoman. Her various shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, English, and Spanish worldwide. She is a two-time winner of the Latin Grammy award for Best Children's Album, and is also known for her epithet, "Queen of the Shorties".
Maria Christina "Tina" Aumont was an American actress. She was of French Jewish and Dominican descent, born in Hollywood to actors Jean-Pierre Aumont and Maria Montez. She married actor and film director Christian Marquand in 1963, at the age of 17.
Maria Elena Kyriakou is a Greek Cypriot singer best known for winning the first season of The Voice of Greece under the mentorship of Despina Vandi. She represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with her song "One Last Breath".
Pronunced "mah-REE-ah" (like Italian or German) or "mah-REE-yah" (like Russian) in Greek.
Can be a feminine form of Marius, Mario (Spanish/Italian/Portuguese), Marios (Greek) and Mariusz (Polish).
Overused! Pick something else.
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.
I love the name Maria. It's my cousin's name, and I think it is very beautiful. If I ever have a daughter, Maria might be her middle name.
It sounds exotic and fresher then Marie or Mary.
Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-99), was an Italian linguist, mathematician, and philosopher. Agnesi is credited with writing the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus. Maria could speak both French and Italian at the age of 5. By age 13, she had acquired Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German, Latin. At age 9, she composed and delivered, in Latin, women's right to be educated, an hour-long speech to an academic gathering. At age 15, her father Pietro, a mathematics professor, regularly gathered a circle of the most learned men in Bologna, before whom she read and maintained a series of theses on the most abstruse philosophical questions. By age 20, it is said she had a strong desire to enter a convent. Her wish was not granted and she lived from that time on in an almost conventual semi-retirement, avoiding all interactions with society and devoting herself entirely to the study of mathematics.
The name is also used in Iceland.
IT'S THE LATIN SPELLING OF MARY. THE MOTHER OF CHRIST. Hilarious that no one pointed that out. It's my name, and I like it, although it's not all that common where I live, and in my age group. Much better Maria then Addison, or Chloe, or one of those names.
Maria Jackson (played by Yasmin Paige) is a main character on the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures. The character departs at the beginning of the second season.
Very pretty. It has that extra 'oomph' and old-fashioned flair and spice that Mary and Marie don't, despite how nice those names are. Reminds me of spices and semi-sweet chocolate and violin. It sounds very unique and special even though it's actually very common.
Maria Anna Mozart was the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Like her brother, she was also a talented musician. Their father showed off their talent as children by having them perform around Europe as child prodigies.
Maria is a sweet-sounding name, perfect for a strong, warm, intelligent and self-sufficient woman. For me, it has German connotations, since I've known several German women named Maria.
Maria (Ender) Veres was the mother of "Venus" singer Mariska Veres, and incidentally, she was German, not Hispanic.
Maria Brink, (Born December 18, 1977, in Schenectady, New York, United States) singer of American metal band In This Moment.
Maria Arkhipova, (Russian: Мари́я Архипова) (Born January 9, 1983, in Moscow, Russia) singer of Russian metal band Arkona, she is known by her stage name Masha Scream.
I love the name Maria. It's cute, sweet, classy and gorgeous! I can see the appeal. 。◕‿◕。.
Maria (مارية ) is an Arabic name and is pronounced mah-REE-ah.
Maria al-Qibtiyya was one of the wives of prophet Muhammad.
Maria Edgeworth (Born: January 1, 1768, Died: May 22, 1849) was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of adults' and children's literature.
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:

The name Maria is given as a second name to boys by catholic parents in Germany (Famous bearers: the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the composer Carl Maria von Weber) and Spain (stereotypically José Maria). Thus, it is indeed kind of unisex, though I have not heard of boys or men bearing Maria as the first given name.

See also the comment above by Philidel (1/28/2014) on Brazilan usage Antonio Maria etc.
Another German diminutive is Mariechen (sometimes, but rarely, also used as an official name).
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".
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).
Lovely. In America people think it means that you are Hispanic, but really it's a very pretty European name.
This name is very trite and plain.
This name is also used in Afrikaans.
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.
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 :)
Derives from Greek: "μυρα" which means: the sea.
Name of the Day - October 27, 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...
Fantastic name.
Maria (1313-1357) was the daughter of King Afonso IV of Portugal and his wife Beatrice.
Maria (1603-1603) was the daughter of King Philip III of Spain and his wife Margarete of Austria.
Maria (1580-1583) was the only daughter of King Philip II of Spain and his fourth wife Anna.
Maria (1432-1432) was the daughter of King Duarte of Portugal and his wife Eleonora.
Maria (1342-1467) was the daughter of King Pedro I of Portugal and his first wife Constance.
Maria is a character from the survival horror video game Silent Hill 2.
Maria (1872-1954) was the daughter of King Ludwig III of Bavaria and his wife Maria Theresia.
Maria (1599-1655) was the daughter of John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg and his wife Anna.
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.
Maria (1851-1851) was the daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Ferdinand.
Maria (1840-1840) was the daughter of Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Ferdinand.
Maria (1628-1628) was the daughter of King Christian IV of Denmark and his second wife Kirsten.
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.
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.
Maria (1660-1723) was the daughter of Tsar Alexei I of Russia and his wife Maria.
Maria (1689-1692) was the daughter of Tsar Ivan V of Russia and his wife Praskovia.
Maria (1713-1715) was the daughter of Tsar Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great) and his second wife Ekaterina.
Maria (1786-1859) was the daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia and his wife Sophie.
Maria (1564-1564) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and his wife Maria of Spain.
Maria (1555-1556) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and his wife Maria of Spain.
Maria (1646-1646) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III and his first wife Maria Anna of Spain.
Maria (1515-1583) was the daughter of John, Elector of Saxony and his second wife Margarete.
Maria (1264-1304) was the daughter of King Afonso III of Portugal and his second wife Beatrice.
Maria (1562-1566) was the daughter of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and his wife Anna of Denmark.
Maria (1513-1513) was the daughter of King Manoel I of Portugal and his second wife Maria.
Maria was the oldest daughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna. She married into the de Beauharnais family.
Maria (1799-1800) was the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexander I of Russia and his wife Luise of Baden.
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.
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.
Maria of Austria (1531-1581), third daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. She later married the Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.
Maria Ross is a fictional character in Fullmetal Alchemist.
This name is very common in many different languages, but it's quite unique when used in English.
This is a very pretty name. It sounds like the name of a saint (funny, as there is a Saint Maria).
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. ]:
Awesome.
Derived from the Latin word "Marea", meaning "of the sea".
"Dear Maria, Count Me In" is a song by All Time Low.
I quite like the name, but I don't think I can use it.
I'm Maria, but a lot of my friends call me Mary or Marie.
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.
In Estonia, pet forms of Maria are Maie (MAHEE-yeh) and Mai (MAHEE)
Extremely beautiful name, but rather overused. Much better than Mary or Marie though.
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.
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.
There are so many MARIA SONGS! Be prepared to be serenaded a LOT if you go by this name.
Maria is more foreign and exotic than the English form, Mary. Same with Ana vs Anna.
Maria Callas -one of the greatest singers of all time! Born in the U.S. but of Greek parentage.
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.
This would be a great middle name, it goes with almost anything.
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.
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.")
Maria al-Qibtiyya was a Coptic Christian who became the last wife (or possibly concubine) of the prophet Muhammad.
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.
MAH-ree-ah is the Finnish pronunciation.
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.
I like the name Maria, but I think it's extremely overused. It's still a good middle name, though.
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.
Scientist Maria Curie-Skłodowska, born 7. November, 1867 Warszava – 4. July 1934 Sancellemoz, France.
My friend's grandmother's name was Maria prounounced like MAHR-EYE-UH.
I adore the name Maria. It is sweet, elegant, classy and beautiful. A name that will suit a woman from any age group.
Maria Robotnik from Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog.
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.
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).
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.
Maria can be used as a masculine middle name also in Italian, for example, Gian Maria. [noted -ed]
"Maria" is Latin for "seas," its singular form being "mare".
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.
Marie Antoinette's daughter was named Maria Teresa.
In reality, Maria Teresia was Marie Antoinette´s mother.
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.
I think this name sounds sophisticated; short and sweet.
Maria was the name of the mother of Jesus or Iisus in Romanian. The name of Maria means "great lady".
Also a feminine name in Slovenia, but not nearly as popular as MARIJA.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
In Jane Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas' younger sister is named Maria. (Her name is pronounced ma-RYE-a)
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.
Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko are Russian tennis players in the top 100!
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.
Maria Ann-Christin Persson (b. In june 1959) played Pippi's friend Annika in "Pippi Longstocking" (the series from 1969-1970).
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.
I think Maria is a old sounding name, and is quite rarely used in Britain but is very common in Portuagal, Spain and Italy.
In some parts of Norway it is pronounced as the Finnish and Dutch Marja. But it is written like Maria.
Maria was also the third daughter of the last czar, Nicholas II.
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.
The missing bodies of Alexei and Marie/Anastasia Romanov were found not too long ago. Sadly, none of the family escaped that night.
Maria was the name of one of the last grand duchesses of Russia. But her nickname was Mashka.
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.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Maria here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
The fine Los Lobos's rumba song "Beautiful Maria Of My Soul"!
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.
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.
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.
A famous bearer of this name is Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg.
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.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova bears this name.
One of the children of Agathe Whitehead von Trapp & George von Trapp. Also one of the original Trapp family singers founded in 1936.
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.
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?"
I know a woman named Maria who pronounces it like Mariah.
Maria is Mary in Spanish and it sounds good in any European language.
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).
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.
Maria is the most common name in Malta. For many Maltese it is considered to be the most beautiful name!
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.
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.
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.
The heroine of the musical West Side Story bears this name, and the show includes a beautiful song called "Maria" dedicated to her.
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.
Another nickname for 'Maria' is 'Marie' (a Danish nickname, pronounced Ma-ree-uu), and another Danish nickname to 'Marie' is 'Mie' (pronounced Mee-uu).

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