Story of My Middle Name

What is your middle name? Does it carry any special meaning/significance?

Actually, Maria is my middle name. I was given this name because my father said he liked Latin names. In a past ESL center here in Shanghai, I was known as Teacher Maria for more than three years. When I changed to another center, I went back to using my first name. According to, “Maria can be translated to either mean “of the sea,” “bitter,” “beloved,” or “rebellious.” The last two meanings fit me. Hahahaha. To my understanding, I was given this name not based on its meaning though. This is my story.

Maria Mocha

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