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Islamic meaning and origin of Maria/Marya/Mariya, is it acceptable in Islam?

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Maria (also spelled Mariyyah, Mariya, Marya, Maryah, Mariah), was the name of one of the Prophet's wives, peace and blessings of Allah upon him and his family and companions. She was a Coptic Christian from Egypt, and the meaning of her name is not known for sure in Islamic sources. Maria is most likely a Latinized form of the name Mary (Maryam), mother of Prophet Isa. The name spread to many parts of the world when the Roman Empire embraced Christianity. Since Egypt was part of the Roman Empire at the time of the Prophet, a Latin origin of the name is most probable.
When the Prophet disliked a person's name, he would change it for them, usually he did this for people whose names had a very negative meaning. But since he didn't change Maria's name, we can know with certainty that this is an acceptable name in Islam.
In Islam all names are acceptable unless they have a bad meaning, therefore since Maria is likely derived from Mariam, mother of Jesus, both of whom are greatly respected figures in Islam, this makes it a good and acceptable name, even if it had not been the name of one of the Prophet's wives.

Reader Comments:

  1. Anonymous on Friday 8th of May 2015 12:40:14 PM

    Mariah is a very nice name for a unborn baby girl it was the prophet Muhammad wife name for mothers I would recommend this beautiful name.

  2. Anonymous on Monday 26th of October 2015 01:33:00 PM

    my baby name also maria
    but what is maria correct spelling???

  3. Anonymous on Sunday 14th of February 2016 11:40:52 AM

    My name is maryam

  4. Anonymous on Thursday 3rd of March 2016 04:44:22 PM

    is maria is correct spelling my name is maria i want to know about my name

  5. Anonymous on Wednesday 18th of May 2016 11:03:59 PM

    It’s is a nice name Maria. It’s also my name but do not call your child Maria because people assume that we are all Spanish since it is a Spanish name of you want to give your child an Islamic name give them Mariam or something!

  6. Anonymous on Tuesday 21st of June 2016 06:07:59 AM

    Maria is nice name for unborn baby girl my name is maria

  7. Anonymous on Friday 12th of August 2016 09:42:09 AM

    There is a meaning of the name of Mariyyah it is mentioned in the Qamoos of Arabic..shining thing …so please find out if I’m not mistaken

  8. Anonymous on Tuesday 11th of October 2016 03:42:03 PM

    My name is maria.its mean bitter or sea of bitterness ,i am happy because it is a good and acceptable name.

  9. Anonymous on Monday 14th of November 2016 10:31:27 AM

    How to pronounce maria?
    Is that pronunciation same as Maryam?

  10. Anonymous on Tuesday 27th of December 2016 01:02:11 PM

    My name is Maria and it’s a nice name for unborn baby girl.

  11. Anonymous on Sunday 26th of February 2017 03:55:49 AM

    What is the name ” Maryah ” mean in arabic? If someone please tell me.

  12. Anonymous on Thursday 20th of April 2017 12:55:48 PM

    My name is Mariah. Form of Maria but still acceptable and still Islamic.

  13. Anonymous on Sunday 11th of June 2017 09:59:34 PM

    my name is marya but sometimes people spell it maria and i don’t know which one is correct.
    and some people says that my name is belong to christian but i am a muslim

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