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.


  • german: Bitter
  • hebrew: Bitter
  • italian: Bitter
  • latin: Bitter; variant of Mary
  • russian: Bitter
  • spanish: Bitter
  • swedish: Bitter


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 3

International Variations

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