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Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary).
In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.
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In Greek mythology this was a Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera, and an alternate name of Cassandra.
Taras was an Italian city, now called Taranto, which was founded by Greek colonists in the 8th century BC and was named for the Greek mythological figure Taras, a son of Poseidon.
Saint Tarasios was an 8th-century bishop of Constantinople.
It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary.As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages.A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years.After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world.
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