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A great name! Pretty, cute, and beautiful! And of course you could name your daughter after the wonderful legend Mariah Carey!
Janessa2542  2/2/2021
2
Great name! Looks good, sounds good, actually, Mariah is just a wonderful name!
DeeDeeRee  1/14/2021
1
I prefer this to Maria. And who can forget the legendary Mariah Carey!
pineapplequeen  5/16/2020
2
Mariah Rose Faith is a musical theatre actress, who has been in shows by Team Starkid, and currently stars as Regina George in the US tour of Mean Girls the musical. She is such a wonderful person.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2020
1
Beautiful. Better than Maria.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2020
4
Pretty name!
someone-  2/26/2020
1
I have this name, and I only know 10 other people with this name. It makes me feel special and unique, like a vibrant rose in a wilting garden of daisies. It sounds sexy and regal. Serious and carefree. Beautiful inside and out. Reliable even. I can’t imagine not being named Mariah. When I tell people my name, they immediately think of Mariah Carey, but that isn’t fully the reason behind it. I was also named after the mountain in the Bible. Having this unique name empowers me to push myself to be just as vibrant and beautiful as my name.
Marzpewpz  3/29/2019
6
I like it, it's a lovely variant to Maria with a bit of glitz, but remains sophisticated. I personally think the association to the legendary Mariah Carey - whose diva act she is often hated for is just for fun - is a good thing.
futuremother99  11/16/2018
-9
Mariah sounds harsh and unpleasant to me. It doesn't help that it rhymes with "pariah." The name is also going to be forever associated with nutjob diva Mariah Carey, so it's a no go in my book.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2018
3
In 2018, 14 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Mariah who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 557th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
2
There was a terrible winter storm in California in the 1970s named Mariah, which inspired a movie by the same name. Possibly inspired the song, "Big Black Mariah" by Tom Waits.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2018
2
I love the pronunciation and spelling of this name. The song, They Call the Wind Maria sung by Harv Presnell is why I love this name. I do not associate it with Ms. Carey.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2018
0
I slightly prefer this over Maria because it's less used and sounds more mature.
Luvbug86  9/13/2018
-2
It's very lovely, but I dislike the association with Mariah Carey, super diva.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
4
The name Mariah is very pretty.
ItsDeleceNotDallas  11/30/2017
1
I used to like this name until a rude girl I knew called Mariah ruined it for me. I think I like Moriah or Maria better.
Livisnotonfire  11/17/2017
1
My name is Maria (no H) I live in Tasmania which also has an island called Maria (no H)
I do like my name and due to the spelling with an H I am always called Maria. I hate the song They Call the Wind Maria due to my name, but I love Paint Your Wagon the movie. Anyway, everyone who is named Maria (no H) I feel your pain. I also get asked if I can sing thanks to Mariah Carey. I wouldn't marry James Packer though, even if he is Australian.
Maria Williams  8/15/2016
2
Mariah Mundi is the main character in a book series by G. P. Taylor.
It's a fantasy series in which Mariah is a young male character who goes on adventures.
There was also a film made in 2014 called The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box.
Sharley  1/8/2016
0
My name is Mariah
It's pronounced Ma-rye-uh

I personally don't like it.
Kaiberry  7/5/2015
5
My name is Mariah and I think it is a beautiful name. I really couldn't see myself with any other name. Mariah sounds sweet and elegant. And if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.
missamaze101  6/27/2015
1
Love this name. It's rare enough that the one very famous person with the name has become everyone's association for it, but there are far worse celebrities to think of...;) Anyway, to me this sounds more dramatic, elegant, vibrant, and sexy than Maria/Marie (which are just okay.) What it reminds me of is the song "They Call the Wind Mariah" from Paint Your Wagon--which contributes to my positive image.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  3/27/2015
1
My name is Mariah and I could not imagine myself with any other name. I really like it. It's very common for people to think of the singer whenever the name is said but I'm pretty okay with getting that. I was named after her, partly at least. The other part of my name derives from the mountain in the bible (specifically Genesis) Mt. Moriah. My mother, however, loved the singer and decided to spell it the way she did to avoid possible name calling, i.e. "Mo."
MariahElizabeth  9/28/2014
1
Can also be spelled Myriah.
SEC908  12/24/2013
1
Everyone reminds me of Mariah Carey now.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2013
1
Mariah Carey uses "Mimi" as a nickname.
elizabeth hamlet  6/12/2012
1
Moriah is a much prettier spelling.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2012
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I don't find myself hating too many names, in fact, I like quite a bit of names and have a long list of favorites, but this one I HATE. I think it's trashy and don't find it very feminine, the "ry" part in it is also very unappealing to me, which is probably why I also dislike the name Ryan. Sorry, just stating my opinion, I just don't think Mariah is feminine and I think it will age poorly. It's also becoming very overused. I know three little girls named Mariah and two 13 year olds named this.
LittleSamGirl  10/19/2011
1
My name is Mariah and my friends call me Ry or Ry Ry for short.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2011
-3
I don't like this name. I find it rather trashy.
Chrila96  10/30/2010
3
This pronunciation of Maria, was popular in early 19th century England. Jane Austen's novels have a few Maria(h)s. Maria Lucas is a wide-eyed teenager in Pride and Prejudice. Maria Bertram is a snottish cousin in Mansfield Park.
JW41926  5/4/2010
1
Pronounced mah-ree-ya.
MaggieSimpson  1/25/2010
3
This is my sister's name and it's so pretty!
nicole_10107  8/29/2009
1
My name is Mariah and I love it. It's different, but it's semi-normal.
Tuxedo-Kitten  5/15/2009
1
This name is too popular and kind of trashy, plus Mariah Carey has started to annoy me.
bananarama  11/15/2008
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I think it's pretty but because it reflects the pronunciation of Maria that was in use among uneducated English people years ago (the same people who mispronounced Charlotte as Charlotty, to the amusement of the "upper classes") I wouldn't use it. In England "black Maria" (pronounced mar-IE-ah) was a for long time the slang term for the police vehicles bringing baddies or presumed baddies to and from their cells. The term is still used occasionally.
Jonquil  9/3/2008
2
It was not at all "uneducated" people who pronounced Maria as Ma-RY-a. It was *the* pronunciation. Just like Sophia used to be so-FY-a. If you watch a Jane Austen or other period adaptation, those are the pronunciations you'll hear. Until relatively recently in history, English people pronounced Latin words as if they were English, it being a dead language. The names Maria and Sophia were drawn from Latin by educated people who wanted something fancier than Mary. It wasn't a case of uneducated people getting foreign names "wrong". For a start, uneducated people couldn't read, so if anything you'd expect them to say a name "right" and spell it "wrong". Even now in England, the pronunciation so-FY-a for Sophia is still used sometimes among the upper classes.

I like the name Mariah, both the spelling and pronunciation. Much nicer than Maria!
aquamarina  2/9/2009
2
The name Mariha actually is of Native American origin. My sister was named Mariha in 1981, long before anyone had heard of Mariah Carey. My sister's father was Native American and he told us that long ago the Indians called the wind "Mariha" and that is where the name came from.
saramae77  8/20/2008
4
Re: saramae77 8/20/2008
Especially considering the different spelling, I'd say it's a different name (of a different origin and different meaning) that happens to be pronounced the same way. Just like my Czech name - Hana - is derived from Hebrew (usually Hannah in English), but there's an identical name in Japanese, with a different meaning.
HanaB  11/18/2014
2
Mariah is pronounced ma-rye-ah. It was also popularized by the singer Tom Waits in the song 'Big, Black Mariah', which was about a car. The song has also reportedly come from 'the deep South', in the USA, during the 1800's (?). It was then said to be about a 'dark wind' that blew over the Cotton fields.
mamabear  7/31/2008
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It is a nice name, but it sounds very masculine. The "iah" sounds too masculine.
mary26  7/19/2008
1
Pretty unusual but it is really strong and feminine. Adding the "h" makes more distinct too. However, I do not like Mariah Carey so my impression on the name is mixed. Still, it's a nice, different girl's name.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2008
1
This is easily the best -iah name out there, as it isn't one of those foreign-sounding, pompous Biblical names, which I can't stand. However, I can't shake off the Mariah Carey associations, and I really dislike her music.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
0
I like this name because it sounds so feminine and delicate. I just don't like when they confuse it with Maria. If I were to name my daughter this I would probably spell it one of these ways: Mariyah, Maryiah or Maryeah.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2008
1
My friends name is "Myriah" pronounced the same way as the other name "Mariah". I think it's an unuasl way to spell Mariah, but my friend likes the spelling this way. The only problem she has is with people calling her: My-Ria instead of Ma-Ry-ya.
JungKyungSoon  10/9/2007
2
I love this name. Not because I'm a fan of Mariah Carey but because it's a beautiful name.
dreamer_x  7/14/2007
3
My first name is Mariah, after "They call the wind Mariah", and my middle name is Tess after the same song ("... the rain is Tess and they call the wind Mariah"). I love my name!
myhopscotch  6/28/2007
2
I prefer this name to Maria. It just sounds more pretty and is much less used than Maria.
CharlieRob  5/7/2007
1
I like the added 'h' on the end of this name. There is a baddie in the book 'Making Waves' by Annie Dalton (who by the way was a pirate!)
Luangi  4/8/2007
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Yuck. I dislike this name.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2006
2
There is an author named Mariah Stewart.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
0
I have to say that this name is indeed, MUCH better-sounding than the overused Maria. I definitely will consider this name when naming my daughter, which I WILL HAVE!
Starla-Marie_1993  8/7/2006
2
Mariah is a very pretty name for a girl. I don't know of any in my boys' classes in school.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2006
2
"Ma-rie-a" is the older English pronunciation of "Maria." It is no doubt due to the influence of other European languages that "Ma-ree-a" is now far more common except in "They call the wind Maria" (no "h") and "Black Maria" (= "Paddy Wagon").
Kosta  5/19/2006
1
I've also heard this name pronounced MAR-EE-AH.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2006
2
My name is Mariah and I love it, well except when people try to sing me the song The Wind They Call Mariah, it's not the song I dislike it's their singing.
mariah78  12/30/2005
2
I believe that the song, They Call the Wind Maria was NOT spelled with an "h" at the end of the name.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2007
1
My best friend's name is Mariah. If you look it up in a baby book or something, it stands for "the wind". We pronounce her name mar-i-uh!
HoMeCoMiNG_QueeN  11/10/2005
3
Mariah means boldness, kindness, love, and weakness for me.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2005
1
Pronounced ma-RY-a.
mariej2  8/9/2005
2
They also use this name for Mariah in Beyblade of the White Tiger team from China.
Chandra Sri  6/19/2005
1
Mariah Carey is a famous bearer of this name. Mariah is the best female singer in existence.
Maree  5/11/2005

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