Meaning: Bitter; drop of the sea
Alternate spellings: None
Don’t be fooled by its chic sound – Mariah is just another Mary. This one’s a version of Maria, the Latin Mary, and means “bitter” or “drop of the sea.” Mariah took on a life of its own when Mariah Carey got big. When the singer hit the airwaves in 1990, the name was already #259, but the very next year it hit #69. Although the name has had rises and falls in popularity since, it’s still top 100 material.
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U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008