This municipality is named after Virgin Mary, who is worshiped here. Marija is a Croatian form of the name Mary, while Gorica means "hill". Fossilized teeth of the extinct proboscidDeinotherium (which is depicted on the municipal coat of arms) were found in Marija Gorica. In Marija Gorica Croatian writer Ante Kovačić went to school. This school is today named after him. The mayor is Marica Jančić, who was born in Žlebec Gorički.