Maria may refer to:
- The playable character from Final Fantasy II.
- The protagonist of the Opera "Maria and Draco" from Final Fantasy VI.
- The non-playable character from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
- The non-playable character from Final Fantasy XV.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Maria is a female given name in many diverse cultures. It became popular with the spread of Christianity as a Latinized form of the Hebrew name of Jesus' mother Mary (Miriam in Hebrew). The meaning of the name is uncertain, but it may originally be an Egyptian name, probably derived from "mry" (beloved) or "mr" (love) ("eminent lady" or "beloved lady"), although it was used in Europe even before the establishment of Christianity as a female form of the Roman name Marius.
In Latin, maria can be roughly translated as "from the sea".