When Maria Rafaela Achabal Cobiaga was christened on 23 May 1827, in Ea, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain, her father, Santiago Achaval Basterechea, was 29 and her mother, Magdalena Cobeaga Zaracondegui, was 31. She had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Pedro Antonio De Yturbe.
A name derived from Mapia, one of the Greek forms of Miriam. Maria is found as a male name as well as a female name. Viscount Montague, of Cowdray, Sussex, who succeeded to the title as second viscount, was christened Anthony Maria Browne. In Camden's Remains (p. 44), referred to in Delicie Literarise, occurs Thomas Maria Wingfield; and there was also a Sir Edward Maria Wingfield. The name appears to have been adopted in the latter family from Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. Compare Notes and Queries 5th S. ii. 73, 316, 478. Marie is frequently found as a male name in France and in other parts of the Continent.
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