As a Maria, you were born to help others with care and concern. You are understanding and compassionate, and you never like to see anyone in trouble (especially children), and you feel responsible to help get people out of difficult situations. At the same time, it is important that you not get too caught up in the problems of others, otherwise you will sap your own strength and energy and find yourself drained.
Your home and family life is extremely important to you, and your qualities of forgiveness, tactfulness, and flexibility help you in creating a warm and loving family environment. Another way in which you seek to create family harmony is by avoiding arguments and controversy. The last thing you want is anyone’s feelings to get hurt, but it’s important to remember that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to get it all out in the open and deal with it!
You love children, and you are especially motivated to help children in trouble—making you particularly generous to child-related charities and potentially a foster parent or an adoptive parent. Not only do you love children, but you find you are incredibly naturally skilled in dealing with them as a teacher, counselor, and friend.
The name Maria is originally from the Old Testament Biblical Hebrew name of Miryam or Miriam. While the meaning of Miryam is not one-hundred percent known, it is believed to mean “sea of bitterness”, “star of the sea”, or “drop of the sea.” Alternatively, it comes from an Egyptian name meaning “beloved.” In the Greek and then Latin, Miryam became Maria. Two ruling queens of Portugal were named Maria.
Maria has been a consistently popular name for US baby girls ever since the US government started measuring such things in 1880, always having been in the Top 200 most popular names. Maria hit the Top 100 in 1929, then fell in and out of that group until 1944, when it hit #80 and was in the Top 100 to stay. It peaked in popularity during the 1970s, when it got as high as #31, and it stayed in the Top 50 almost every year until the turn of the 21st century.
One of the most famous Marias is Maria Shriver--journalist, wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and member of the Kennedy Family. Another celebrity Maria is Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis superstar. Some of the most famous Marias are fictional and had classic songs sung in their honor: the girl destined not to be a nun, Maria of “The Sound of Music” (“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”) and Tony’s Maria of “West Side Story” (“I Just Met a Girl Named Maria.”)