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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.
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Reader Comments:

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

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

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

    My name is maryam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. 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

  14. on Monday 16th of October 2017 06:20:56 PM

    Write your comment name is – Maria Zaman Shreya… & i feel proud fr this name

  15. on Sunday 29th of October 2017 04:36:28 AM

    Write your comment here..I am muslim girl .My name is Nishat jahan today someone told me that in Arbi there is no meaning of Maria….I fell bed hearing it..since childhood I konw its a good name and Islamic name..I am proud for my name..

  16. on Sunday 24th of December 2017 05:57:17 AM

    i have got a greek friend called maria she goes to my school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. on Saturday 13th of January 2018 04:49:18 PM

    My name is Maria and I am Indian so people at first glance always think that I am MMexican. Even the autocorrect spells my name name like Marì!!! Seriously?!?!

  18. on Friday 19th of January 2018 06:33:42 AM

    My name is spelt two ways maaria or Maria which one everyone gets mixed up

  19. on Wednesday 14th of February 2018 12:45:04 PM

    My name is Maria!!
    My whole name is Maria Fatima.
    I wanted my name meaning but could not get it!

  20. on Monday 23rd of April 2018 01:44:03 AM

    My name is Maryam or Marya
    So I think they have the same meaning tell me witch name you like better

  21. on Sunday 9th of December 2018 12:10:14 AM

    Is marihah a Muslim name is yes what is the meaning of marihah in Arabic.

  22. on Friday 10th of May 2019 04:37:30 AM

    I have a friend named Maria. It’s a beautiful name.

  23. on Thursday 8th of February 2024 01:33:21 PM

    Maria/ Maaria/ Mariya/ Maariya etc. means white cow in Arabic.

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