From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta')
meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar)
"master". In the New Testament
this is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany. It was not used in England until after the Protestant Reformation
. A notable bearer was Martha Washington (1731-1802), the wife of the first American president George Washington.