When Maria Catharina Behaghel was born on 2 May 1701, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, her father, Jacob Behaghel, was 47 and her mother, Anna Maria Waltmann, was 28. She married Adam Jonas Bechtel on 20 November 1724, in Frankenthal, Frankenthal, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She died on 4 December 1768, in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, at the age of 67.
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.