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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 "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - 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
Martha Wainwright, Canadian singer
Martha Burns, Canadian actress

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)


MidnightSky Says:


Martha has a quiet grace. Very warm, ladylike, traditional. It has a great combination of being both gentle and strong.

ShiningMoon Says:


Martha is my little cousins name (b. 2010). Although Martha is not one of my favorites the name suits her a lot!

Daiseymae Says:


Not bad at all.

briarblossom Says:


Martha is pretty and sweet and strong. I would like to see it make a comeback,

MonikerWanderer Says:


This name would be so refreshing to see on a little girl. I'm kind of starting to love the name.

Megan_Janaya Says:


A lovely classic!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like the Martha Catherine combination. It is refreshing to hear. I love it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

Mikayla395 Says:


My second youngest daughter's name is Martha, Martha Catherine. She is four, and many people say that it's refreshing to hear a little girl name this rather than Chloe or Isabella.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Martha is a pretty name. It makes me think of someone with a big heart and smile. It's a little old fashioned, but I think that's part of its charm.

EW314 Says:


Love Martha, and I'm yet to meet a little one, but apparently it was no. 69 here in the UK in 2014?! That's waaayyy more popular than I'd have thought - where are they all?

Still, it's like a classy, beautiful, traditional choice and I'm glad it's getting so much use.

Catastroffy Says:


I really get the hardworking vibe for Martha. It isn't one of my favourite names but it I agree that it is very strong and gentle at once, softly old-fashioned.

Martha Gunawan Says:


It's my name! <3

amybaldwin Says:


Martha was my grandmother's name, is my mother-in-law's former middle name, my grandmother-in-law's first name as well so Martha would really be honoring both sides of our extended family! Still, it is hard to shake that older image attached to it, but man do I admire every Martha I know! It's a very strong name and creates wonderfully strong women!

Jo Jo Says:


This is one of those names...the more I think of it, the more I like it.

MMcKenzie Says:


My name is Martha, I was born in 1990, I've never met another Martha my age (though I think Dr Who means it may be more popular these days). I was never teased at school, and although I used to think of it as a bit of an "old lady" name when I was younger, I love it now and often get many compliments (Oddly I often get called Margot by mistake :p)

scblovesnames Says:


I really like this name. A family member is called Martha, and she is not a doormat, not domestic by any means. She loves to travel, and is very much a lively person.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I like its eighteenth century vibe but don't find it appealing at all in itself. I think of a domestic doormat.

flyingsquirrel26 Says:


This is my mom's name and I love it! It is feminine and strong; I do think it is a little on the adult side but has options for cute nns. I hope it makes a come back in the US!

Guest Says:


I would love to see Martha come back. It's very soft and vintage-y.

psg007 Says:


I love Martha - it used to be on my shortlist, but it is becoming very popular with the upper-classes here in the UK and is now at number 77. I like my names to be out of the top 100, but Martha remains on my longer list. It's so cute and sweet! x

LadyVanRaven Says:


I like it yet don't. Hard to explain my feelings towards this name. One thing that does make me like it is it was the name of a character in a book I used to read when I was little; she was an awesome character.

Claredelune Says:


My baby daughter's name is Martha! It's ladylike and soft but strong, easy to say and spell, classic but rarely used. If you look into the etymology of the Aramaic, it basically means "boss lady." :) I knew the choice would puzzle some, but there are more Martha fans out there than I anticipated. I love it!

PrudenceA Says:


Martha is a beautiful name, Im glad it is shedding it's haughty, housemaid image of an older generation and being revived as a sweet gentle and feminine name it should be

Em Says:


Don't like it by itself, but I know a little girl named Marthaleigh. Now that is a cute one.

iwillpraise Says:


I just can't see the appeal at all... and I mean, at all.