Maria - Meaning Of Maria, What Does Maria Mean?

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Maria Meaning


What does Maria mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Maria is of Spanish origin.

The meaning of Maria is "bitter".  

Maria is generally used as a girl's name. It consists of 5 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Ma-ri-a.

In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 115  in baby name popularity for girls with 2740 occurrences.  It ranked 11547 in popular baby names for boys with 6 occurrences. 

View the Maria Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Maria has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Maria to other names.


Variants of the name Maria include Mariah.

The names Maaria, Maarja, Marietta, Mariya, Marja, Marjo are all forms of Maria.

Maria has the diminutives (nicknames) Mareike, Mariel, Mariele, Mariella, Maryla, Marzena, Meike, Mia, Mimi, Mitzi, My.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Maria Callas, Maria Mitchell.

Would you like to fingerspell the name Maria in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Maria in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Maria in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Maria Numerology page.

Maria Numerology
Maria in Hieroglyhics
Maria in Nautical Flags
Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.

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