What's the Mumsnet collective think of these names?
I shy away from Maria because I am all but certain she'll be hearing "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" (The Sound of Music) and "Maria! I've just met a girl named Maria!" (West Side Story) until she wants to strangle someone.
With Marie, there's the nickname "Baby Marie" as a turn-off
I always thought Marie sounded much more sophisticated 1. because French and 2. my name ends in Maria and the serenades I remember from childhood all rhyme with diarrhoea or gonorrhoea. So another lonely vote for Marie.