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Who Are the Most Famous Women Named "Maria"?

Maria-CallasThere are many famous people who have “Maria” for their first name. It’s no wonder since Maria is a female name in many diverse cultures spanning the globe.
The name first became popular during the spread of Christianity when the Hebrew name of Jesus’ mother “Miriam” was made into the latin name “Mary”.
Nowadays, the name has taken on different meanings and depending on the culture of the individual it can mean anything from “wished-for child”, “beloved”, “love” or “star of the sea”.
Let’s take a look at some of the famous women we have come to know and admire named “Maria”.
Maria Callas
Maria_CallasBorn in the 1920s in New York City, this Greek-American soprano was one of the most famous and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Callas had a turbulent personal life filled with love affairs and failed relationships. She died young at the age of 53 from a heart attack while living alone in Paris.

Maria Menounos
menounosThis journalist/professional wrestler of Greek descent is known for her appearances on television news shows such as Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens.
Maria Kanellis
maria-kanellisBest known for her involvement with the World Wrestling Entertainment and Ring of Honor as the valet of her real-life husband Michael Bennett, this wrestler/singer-songwriter/model of Greek decent started her career back in 2004 as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack.
Maria Solomou
Born in Athens, Greece in 1972, this television, theater and film actress has made a name for herself since she made her professional debut in 1998. In 2004 she was protagonist in the Greek television series S1ngles, which had a large following and ran four years on Mega Channel.
Songs for Maria
There are even songs dedicated to this famous Greek name and its namesakes. The Greek song “Maria, Maraki, Mario” by Stelios Rokkos, or the song “Maria me ta kitrina” by Dimitra Galani are a couple of classics.

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