Names to honor Martha
My husband brought up the name Seraphina last night as a tribute to Sarah, his mom. I think it's pretty but my mother's name is Martha and I'm sure she'd be incredibly hurt to be left out -- this is probably our last kiddo! Both are biblical but I find Martha much more dating. Ideas for a youthful middle for Seraphina that transcends Marta/Marty/Martine?
You could do Maxine or Martina.
Also I know someone who's just had a kid and called her Martha with a twin Naomi. Martha as a middle name would be too bad if your worried about it being dated.
I was thinking of the name Mary, maybe Maria or Mariah/Moriah and Marena/ina. Martina too.
What's your mothers middle name? Or perhaps her maiden name would function as a middle name for your little girl.
In the New Testament, Mary of Bethany is sister of Martha (this probably means the Biblical Martha was from Bethany too). So if you're OK with that religious heritage, Bethany would have a tie to Martha. Seraphina Bethany is pretty.
If you're not tied to Seraphina, I think Sarah-Martha or Martha-Sarah is a pretty double-barreled middle.
The only useable Martha variants I can think of (maybe) are Martila and Martella, they don't combine well with Seraphina I don't think though. They would with Sarai, for another Sarah variant.
I happen to really like the name Martha : D.
Martha is Aramaic in origin, which few other names common in English are. It would be pretty indirect, but you could go that route. Some options would include:
Anina (not good with Seraphina though, and NB's entry is confusing whether it's Aramaic or Italian).
Idra ("fig tree")
Marit (has the letters, and NB has it as Aramaic for "pearl", a la its ties to Margaret, but I'm almost positive that's inaccurate)
Merona (NB is disparaging because it's a kind of wool)
Raziela ("The Lord's Secret")
Xiamara ("joyful deer")
You could look for names with similar meanings. Martha means "Lady"- not just "female" but more like, "lady or the house" or "mistress". This definition could also be extended to "noblewoman":
Or you could use the beginning of her name:
I think Martha is actually a really pretty name and it's coming back into fashion, it ranked #730 in 2012! :) How about having Martha as her middle name. Because Sarah is altering to Seraphina but being used as a first name, I think Martha shouldn't be changed to honour your mother a bit more, since its in the middle spot (I don't really know if this made sense, sorry).
But here are some suggestions anyway:
Freja (I know its a stretch but Martha and Freja both mean lady)
Donna (also means lady)
Eartha (Just changing the first initial)
Also... try doing a Super Search on Nameberry (its located under where you type a name, just in case you didn't know). You can type in girls names that start with Mar or end in tha etc.
Good Luck :)
I think Marta is pretty & sophisticated. And it's also really literal so she won't feel slighted. I think if Sarah is getting an honor name with the sound of her name front-and-center, Martha would probably appreciate something with a strong connection. I think Seraphina March could work too, if you are looking for something that sounds very modern. You could consider Martha's maiden name or occupation?
To honor Martha I think
"Marley" Is modern and sweet.
Sounds good with Seraphina
I actually really like the name Martha, certainly more than I like Marley, Marla, or Marta.
But Mara is okay, though more related to Mary than to Martha.
Does she have a middle name? I'd be tempted to see if her middle name works, rather than mangle Martha.