Meaning: Bitterness Origin: Latin
The name Maria came about as a Latin variation of Maryam, ultimately deriving from the Hebrew name Miriam, which means ‘Bitterness’.
Miriam, the woman from the Old Testament of the Bible, was Moses sister. She was born during the Israelites time of slavery in Egypt, thus she was named Miriam to reflect that life was bitter under the Egyptians rule.
Maria is a beautiful name with the desirable ‘ia’ ending, this reminds me of names like Lilia, Amelia and Lucia. It also has some cool relatives, also hailing from Miriam, these are Miri, Mary, Mieke and Maja.