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Maria Surname Meaning

Spanish (María); Italian and Portuguese; Hungarian (Mária): from the female personal name Latin Maria. This was the name of the mother of Jesus Christ in the New Testament as well as several other New Testament figures. The Latin form of the name on which all common variants from European languages are based (including English Mary ) derived as a back-formation from the early Christian female name Mariam. This was mistaken for an accusative case with the usual Latin feminine accusative ending -am but in fact it is an Aramaic form (originally Maryam) of the Hebrew name Miryam. The Hebrew name is of uncertain etymology perhaps from a word meaning ‘wished-for child’ from an Egyptian root mrj with the addition of the Hebrew feminine diminutive suffix -am. Saint Jerome understood it as a compound of mar ‘drop’ + yam ‘sea’ which he rendered as Latin stilla maris later altered to stella maris ‘star of the sea’ whence the medieval Christian liturgical phrase. French: Latinized form of Marie a cognate of 1 above. It is also found in England as a surname of Huguenot origin. West Indian (Dutch Caribbean): from the female personal name Maria (see 1 above). Maria is among the ten most frequent surnames on Curaçao where it reflects the partially mother-oriented name culture of the formerly enslaved people in the West Indies (compare Martina ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Marie, Marin, Mario, Mari, Marcia, Marta, Madia, Marina, Marra, Mara

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You can see how Maria families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maria family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maria families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 45 Maria families living in Quebec. This was about 32% of all the recorded Maria's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Maria families in 1911.
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What did your Maria ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Cultivateur were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Maria. 43% of Maria men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Maria women worked as a Cultivateur. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Labourer
    27%
  • Cultivateur
    11%
  • Laborer
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Cultivateur
    100%
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Maria lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Maria life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Maria in 1944 was 35, and 57 in 2004.

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