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A name that goes back to the Romans, Maria is the feminine version of the first name Marius, from the word mare, meaning “sea”. It is also linked to the Hebrew name Miriam, meaning “beloved. One of the most popular female names of all time, Maria is a classic. More recently it has been immortalized by the West-side Story song of the same name.

Rank in the year 2015

Maria was ranked #254 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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