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.
Journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Journalist Maria Menounos, Tennis player Maria Sharapova, Actress Maria Bello
Daughter of Elizabeth Taylor, Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Daughter of Gary Cooper