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If you can get past the definition of the name’s origin (see above), Maria really is a lovely girls name… and anything but bitter sounding! The most common name in all Spanish-speaking countries and the Latin form of Mary, Maria has a longstanding popularity in the US, as well. Cross-culturally current, with an enduring appeal (who doesn’t love the famous West Side Story song or The Sound of Music?), Maria will be well-loved for many generations to come.

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Origin

Nicknames

Mimi

Syllables

3

International Variations

Riia, Marja, Marita, Mariquita, Malia, Mia, Marie, Maaria, Mimi

Alternate Spellings

Marie

Famous Namesakes

Journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Journalist Maria Menounos, Tennis player Maria Sharapova, Actress Maria Bello

Celebrity Babies

Daughter of Elizabeth Taylor, Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Daughter of Gary Cooper

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