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Maria (f) A popular modern alternative, in Scotland as
elsewhere in the English-speaking world, to Mary. Maria
was formerly in vogue when Latinised spellings of names
were felt to be ‘correct.’ As to the name’s pronunciation,
there is an interesting comment by Thackeray in his
Pendennis (1849): ‘Fancy marrying a woman of low rank of life . . . fancy your wife attached to a woman who
dropped her H’s, or called Maria Marire!’

Maria is the Spanish and Italian form of Mary. The
French form of the name, Marie, is even more popular
with Scottish parents.

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