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origin: Latin

meaning: Of the Sea or Bitter

Though we certainly wouldn’t call it trendy, Maria’s been a continuous presence in the top 100 since the ’40s and hasn’t left the top 200 since before 1880, when the US started tracking name usage. Today it’s especially popular among the growing Hispanic population (it actually ranks number one in all Spanish-speaking countries), which means Maria should remain stable or even rise in years to come. Though it just recently left the top 50, it remains a timeless classic for little girls of any culture.

current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 64

Famous maria

  • Maria Menounos - actress
  • Maria - character in West Side Story
  • Maria - character in The Sound of Music
  • Maria Shriver - First Lady of California

Infamous maria

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