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Maria Maldonado in the US

  1. #2,066 Mark Nelson
  2. #2,067 Rachel Johnson
  3. #2,068 John Jenkins
  4. #2,069 Brian White
  5. #2,070 Maria Maldonado
  6. #2,071 Kevin White
  7. #2,072 Ryan Brown
  8. #2,073 Rosa Perez
  9. #2,074 Stephen Davis
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Meaning & Origins

Latin form of Mary. It arose as a back-formation from the early Christian female name Mariam, which was taken as a Latin accusative case. In fact, however, it is an indeclinable Aramaic alternative form of the Hebrew name Miriam. In the English-speaking world Maria is a learned revival dating from the 18th century, pronounced both ‘ma-ree-a’ and, more traditionally, ‘ma-rye-a’. This form of the name is also in common use in most European languages, either as the main local form of the name, as in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Polish, and Czech, or as a learned doublet of a vernacular form. In Spain not only is the name María itself enormously common, but a large number of Marian epithets and words associated with the cult of the Virgin are also used as female given names. Maria is also used as a male name in combinations such as Gianmaria (Italian) and José María (Spanish).
15th in the U.S.
Spanish and Portuguese: 1. nickname for an ugly or stupid person, from Spanish mal donado ‘ill-favored’. The phrase is a compound of mal ‘badly’ + donado ‘given’, ‘endowed’, past participle of donare ‘to give’, ‘to bestow’. 2. habitational name from Maldonado, a village in the province of Albacete.
363rd in the U.S.

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