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Gender: female
Pronunciation: MAR-tha, MAHR-tha
Meaning: lady, mistress, who becomes bitter, provoking
Related Names: Maarva, Marfa, Marhta, Mariet, Marit, Mart, Marta, Marte, Martella, Martelle, Marth, Marthe, Marthena, Marthine, Marthini, Marthy, Marti, Martie, Martina, Martita, Martje, Martta, Marty, Martyne, Martynne, Marva, Mata, Matha, Matti, Mattie, Mirtha

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 464


Name: martha Origin: Aramaic,, Meaning (no case): lady, mistress, who becomes bitter, provoking

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The name Martha originates from the Aramaic “martha” meaning “lady” or “mistress.” The Gaelic forms of Martha are “Marta” and “Moireach.”

In the New Testament of the Bible, Martha is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany. She witnessed her brother’s resurrection and is the patron saint of house-bound wives.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Martha ranked as the 38th most popular female first name and the 50,582nd most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every decade since 1880, but has been steadily declining in popularity in the United States. In 2006, it was only the 526th most popular girl's name.

United States Popularity of the girl's name Martha in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:526th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:509th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:511th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:487th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:431st
  • Year: 2001 Rank:400th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:382nd

In 2006, the popularity of the girl’s name Martha ranked 99th in England, 244th in Norway and 325th in Sweden.


  • February 23rd is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Martha.
  • May 3rd is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Martha.
  • June 4th is celebrated in Greece and the Ukraine in honor of the name Martha.
  • July 29th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Martha and St. Martha Wang.
  • October 20th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Martha.


  • “Martha My Dear” is a song by the famous pop rock group “The Beatles.”
  • "Martha" is a song originally by Meatloaf but later covered by Tom Waits.
  • “Martha” is the name of a song by Tom Waits.
  • “Little Martha” is an instrumental song by the southern rock group “The Allman Brothers Band.”
  • Singer/songwriter Billy Corgan wrote a song in tribute to his mother "Martha"
  • “Martha” is the Doctor’s companion in the British science fiction series “Doctor Who.”
  • "Martha" is Dennis the Menace's neighbor George's wife.


  • Martha "Calamity Jane" Burke – Frontierswoman who gained notoriety fighting Native Americans.
  • Martha Washington – First Lady of the First President of the United States of America.
  • Martha Stewart (born as Martha Helen Kostyra) – Homemaking impresario who served five months in jail for lying about stock trading.
  • Martha Washington Jefferson Randolph – Daughter of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States and sometimes considered a First Lady because her father was a widower.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about MarthaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 6  +
Meaning lady, mistress, who becomes bitter, provoking  +
Meaningnc lady, mistress, who becomes bitter, provoking  +
Name martha  +
Origin Aramaic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation MAR-tha, MAHR-tha  +
Rank in 2000s 464  +
Related Maarva  +, Marfa  +, Marhta  +, Mariet  +, Marit  +, Mart  +, Marta  +, Marte  +, Martella  +, Martelle  +, Marth  +, Marthe  +, Marthena  +, Marthine  +, Marthini  +, Marthy  +, Marti  +, Martie  +, Martina  +, Martita  +, Martje  +, Martta  +, Marty  +, Martyne  +, Martynne  +, Marva  +, Mata  +, Matha  +, Matti  +, Mattie  +, and Mirtha  +
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