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GenderFeminine
ScriptsΜαρθα Greek Марѳа Church Slavic
PronouncedPron.MAHR-thə English
MAR-ta German
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Meaning & History

From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta') meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar) meaning "master". In the New Testament this is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (who is sometimes identified with Mary Magdalene). She was a witness to Jesus restoring her dead brother to life.

The name 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. It is also borne by the media personality Martha Stewart (1941-).
VariantsMarta Swedish Marte, Marthe Norwegian Marta Dutch Marta German
DiminutivesMartie, Patsy, Patti, Pattie, Patty English
Other Languages & CulturesMarta Bulgarian Marta Catalan Marta Croatian Marta Czech Martta Finnish Marthe French Marta Georgian Márta, Mártuska Hungarian Marta Icelandic Marta Italian Marta Latvian Morta Lithuanian Marta Macedonian Maata Maori Matty Medieval English Marta Polish Marta Portuguese Marta Romanian Marfa, Marta Russian Marta Serbian Marta Slovak Marta Slovene Marta, Martita Spanish
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Depiction of Martha of Bethany (1497)Depiction of Martha of Bethany (1497)

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Entry updated May 31, 2018