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Gender: Female Meaning of Martha: "lady" Origin of Martha: Aramaic Martha's Popularity in 2017: #750

The name Martha is a girl's name of Aramaic origin meaning "lady". Martha is ranked #750 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game-GIRLS".

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The name of our first First Lady still has something of a prim and proper image, academic and efficient. That quiet, traditional, and tasteful gestalt is exactly what makes Martha appealing to some parents today.

The New Testament Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany, was a solicitous housekeeper who looked after the material welfare of Jesus when he was a guest in her home. For this reason Martha has since been identified with domestic labor and hospitality and is the patron saint of housewives, waiters, and cooks (a la Martha Stewart, who shares her name with her mother).

Martha has been a royal name in Scandinavia, the subject of Beatles song "Martha My Dear," and is also associated with the New England island Martha's Vineyard. Livelier foreign forms that have been used in this country include Marta, Martine, and Martina.

Modern dancer/choreographer Martha Graham would make a notable namesake for a dance aficionado.

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Famous People Named Martha

Saint Martha of Bethany, Biblical figure
Martha Dandridge Washington, first First Lady of the U.S. as wife of George Washington
Martha Parkes Custis, daughter of Martha Washington and Daniel Custis
Martha Helen Stewart, American lifestyle guru and businesswoman
Märtha Sofia Lovisa Dagmar Thyra of Sweden, Crown Princess of Norway as wife of future King Olav V
Märtha Louise, Princess of Norway
Martha Layne Collins, American politician, former governor of Kentucky
Martha Rose Reeves, singer of American group Martha & the Vandellas
Martha Hunt, American model and Victoria's Secret Angel
Martha Streck, Brazilian model
Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer
Martha Raye (born Margy Reed), American comedienne and singer
Martha Hyer, American actress
Martha Bruce, Countess of Elgin and Kincardine
Martha Ellis Gelhorn, American novelist, once-wife of novelist Ernest Hemingway
Martha Finley, American children's author
Martha Craven Nussbaum, American philosopher
Martha Campbell Plimpton, American actress
Martha Alice Brown, granddaughter of guitarist Jimmy Page
Martha Collison, English baker

Pop Culture References for the name Martha

Martha Jones, companion on TV's "Doctor Who"
Martha Levinson, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
"Martha Marcy May Marlene," 2011 movie and main character
Martha M. Masters, character on TV's "House"
Martha Jane MacKenzie, character on Australian soap "Home & Away"
Martha Tenant, character on TV's "Love Child"
Martha, character in the children's book "Half-Magic" by Edward Eager
"George & Martha," children's book and TV series about two hippos
Martha Stanley, character in movie "The Proposition"
Martha Bellison, character in movie "The Invention of Lying"
Martha Bullock, character on TV's "Deadwood"
Martha Wayne, mother of Batman
Martha Kent (nee Clark), adoptive mother of Superman
Martha Kane, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Martha, character in movie "Hotel Transylvania'
Martha Dunnstock, character from the movie/musical 'Heathers'
Martha, dog in book series and PBS show, "Martha Speaks"
Martha Sowerby, character in "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Martha, character in G. A. Henty's, For the Temple
Martha Zolanski, music video character created by singer Nicki Minaj
Martha Quimby, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
"Martha, My Dear," song by The Beatles
Martha's Vineyard, island in Massachusetts, USA
Martha Steward, character in J.K. Rowling's "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"
Martha Hudson, character on TV's BBC series "Sherlock"
Martha, character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short story "His Last Bow"
Martha Brady, character on TV show "The Brady Bunch"

Martha's International Variations

Marte (Scandinavian) Martus, Marcsa, Martuska (Hungarian) Marcia, Masia (Polish) Martina, Maita, Marta (Spanish) Martita, Martila (Eastern European) Martella, Marthe (French) Maata (Maori) Moireach (Scottish) Martricka (Czech)