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What does Martha mean?

Martha \m(a)-rtha, mar-tha\ as a girls' name is pronounced MAR-tha. It is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Martha is "lady; mistress of the house". Biblical: the sister of Mary and Lazarus. She is patron saint of the helping professions. The name was revived by and popular with the Puritans. Lifestyle maven Martha Stewart; First Lady Martha Washington; dancer Martha Graham; Martha "Calamity" Jane Burke; actress Martha Plimpton.


Martha has 33 variants: 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, Pat and Pattie.


Martha is a very popular first name for women (#38 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#50582 out of 88799, Top 57%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Martha for girls. Martha reached its top rank of #18 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #735. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Martha name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Martha outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Martha and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Martha (#735 in 2014) are Mattie (#958 in 2014), Pat, Pattie, Marva, Martina and Marta. This girl name reached the height of its popularity during the years 1940-1949 and has become significantly less widespread since, with versions such as Martha, Mattie, Pat, Pattie and Marva falling out of style. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marta, Martha, Martina, Marva, Mattie, Pat, Pattie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marta, Martha outside U.S.

Similar Names

Martha is alike in pronunciation to Meertha. Other suggested similar baby names are Bartha, Eartha, Maretta, Marita, Marsha, Martia, Mirta, Myrta and Myrtia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Martha.