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What does the name Maria mean?

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06/20/2009

Latin form of Mary. It arose as a back-formation from the early Christian Greek name Mariam, which was taken as a Latin accusative case, and is ultimately derived from Hebrew Miryam. In the English-speaking world, Maria was the written form of Mary in Latin records In early times, but became a spoken form in the 18th century. This form of the name is also in common use in most European languages. Maria is also used as a male name in combinations such as Gianmaria (Italian) and José María (Spanish). According to the New Testament, the Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. If you have an exact meaning to add to this, please contact a Supervisor