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In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Martha who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 137th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
It was my given name, and I hated it and still hate it. I tried to like it, but it was no use. I changed it legally when I was in my 20's. My parents were angry, of course, but I was the one who would have carried that burden through life, not them.

I guess if I had gotten along with my mother it might have been different. I hated her, and I hated the way she pronounced my name: "Mar-THUH" like a mushy snowball thwacked right in my ear. My middle name was ugly, too, a family surname, not a first name.

All I can say is that if you're going to saddle a child with this name, at least give her a decent, socially acceptable middle name so she can use it if she hates her first name. I would have preferred Anne, Jane, Lee, or Mary to my given first name. And I don't care for nicknames.
Uggghhh  9/23/2018
Such a classy and stately name, and I love its meaning.
kayisforkeen  8/16/2018
Why so much hatred? I actually like this name. I bet anonymous users have terrible atrocious names and that’s why they love to hate on good names. Do you know how many old people have YOUR name?! MARTHA is NOT an old lady name so don’t hate on it, but it’s okay not to like a name.
Curious me  7/17/2018
Martha Dunnstock is one of the characters in the movie Heathers.
El101  3/11/2018
Martha Parke Custis was Martha Washington’s youngest child and George Washington’s stepdaughter. She suffered from epilepsy, and unfortunately died at age 17 after a particularly severe episode (although, having died as quickly as she did during an episode leads some to believe she may have also had a heart problem).
Morgan1599  1/20/2018
I like the name Martha. It sounds pretty and classic. In So Awkward there is a character called Martha. I love it.
Charleyboobear  12/30/2017
On Gilmore Girls, Sookie and Jackson had two children, Davy and Martha.
Emily Amy  10/12/2017
To me this name has an image of a hard-working woman with a warm personality and good manners. I've known two Marthas and they were both like this.
BoomerBloomer  8/21/2017
The name Martha was given to 389 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Martha are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Martha Asahi is a Japanese professional comic artist and Cosplayer, graduate of Osaka University of Arts, mother of one. From 2013 to 2015, she had been leave for three years. One of the Global cross-dressing cosplayer duo VENaS Japan, and she is a rare cosplayer who doing a lot of works which got permission from Japanese copyright.
cutenose  6/1/2017
Princess Märtha Louise of Norway is the only daughter and elder child of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. She is fourth in the line of succession to the Norwegian throne, after her brother Haakon, and his two children.
cutenose  5/25/2017
What an UGLY name! I despise the name Martha with a passion.
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
I feel like this name works for an old, sweet lady, or a young child.
mememan28  2/26/2017
I like this name a lot, in my top 10.
DundiculutNicholas  1/16/2017
Pronunced "MAHR-thah" in Greek.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/2/2017
It is also used in Brazil (Brazilian Portugese).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/3/2016
I'm proud to be a Martha. Yes, it sounds old fashioned but it's a name that signifies dignity and strength. It's not a common name and never a popular name which makes it distinctive. In Aramaic, it means lady. It is the feminine version of Mar, which means lord. Besides, it was my beloved grandmother's name. No more need be said. Name trends come and go but this name is timeless. All you Marthas out there, bear your name with pride.
athram05  11/12/2016
Martha, rambling rose of the wildwood. Martha with your fragrance divine, oh Martha how I wish you were mine. So, goes the old song that I was sung by my father many years ago. I can't say I really love the name nor can I say that I hate it. It has been mine all of my life and I have not taken the time or initiative to change it, so it must not be that bad. All of my life I have thought that it was an old lady's name, and now I guess that I am aging that I have become more and more the symbol of the name. I guess I just haven't found another name that I like better or would want to keep. So, I hang on to this old thing and hope that in the hereafter there is a far better one waiting for me. And yes, my kids are all instructed not to name any of my future grandchildren Martha - ever!
howdydo  8/12/2016
Many people think of the name Martha as an "old lady name", and to some extent, I agree with them. However, Martha is an admittedly cute name. It is distinctive, and now quite uncommon. Old names such as Olivia, Emma, and Ava are now coming back in style, so why shouldn't Martha?
1836732  6/30/2016
'Martha' is a song by Tom Waits.
Thalia  3/21/2016
My mother's name is Martha and it sets a high bar for anyone else who has the same name; Like Oprah or Beyonce, it is one of those names that stands by itself: The name reflects tradition and a strong, selfless, fearless, classy, thoughtful person that everyone looks up to. Someone who brings out the best in everyone.
Saint John  1/17/2016
Not a bad name. It's just really dated and I see it more fitting on somebody who is 50 years of age or above.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2015
My name is Martha Jayne, and I'm 25, so Martha isn't completely an "old lady name". I'm named after my grandmother, Martha Ann, who goes by Marty, and *her* grandmother, Mary Jane... My mom added the 'y' to 'Jane' when I was born because she said I was too special to be a "plain Jane"...
PiratesRose  8/14/2015
Mar or Mor in Aramaic means "sir", "master", or "Saint...". Mar Yeshu Mashikha means, in some forms of Aramaic, "Lord Jesus Christ". The "tha" in this name feminizes the title, giving Martha the meaning of "respected lady", or in later use "(female) Saint...". Mart Maryam, for example, is an Aramaic form of Saint Mary. [noted -ed]
gracesingh  8/4/2015
The name Martha is an amazing name! Martha sounds nice. It reminds me of the character with this name in the novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. :)
― Anonymous User  5/23/2015
When I was little I didn't like my name. I knew no one else with the name Martha and I was teased because my name was unusual or, as some have written here, sounded like an old woman's name. But I grew into it. It is a classic, elegant name (not that I'm necessarily elegant). It is old-fashioned, but old-fashioned names are all the rage these days.

Way to make people feel bad about their name by saying stuff like "it sounds like vomiting" and other horrible things! Please. Some people will find fault with everything.
mav002  7/22/2014
I have a beautiful little sister named Martha, who I call "Miffy\". She's adorable, and this is such a classy name. I love it!

She also gets:

Bee123  2/6/2014
Martha is the name of the heroine, Cara's, mother in "The Unicorn Chronicles."
Martha Gold  7/27/2013
Martha is the name of the annoying but amusing talking dog on the children's show "Martha Speaks".
Strangak  6/15/2013
When I think of the name Martha, a strong, but feminine, person comes to mind; kind and pretty, with a good head on her shoulders. I think it's a good name that ages well.

I would not use it on one of my own children, but that's only because it hasn't reached my favorites. Martha is a name that will never grow old. A gem forever.
Strangak  6/15/2013
Name of the Day: February 26, 2013.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2013
The meaning listed here is questionable. I find for biblical names, concordances are often much more reliable for accurate meanings...
abbasdaughter  12/25/2012


Mar- THUH.
SEC908  10/23/2012
Martha Costello is the main character of the recent BBC series Silk. She's an awesome character.
clouds  10/2/2012
I think this name is awfully cute. And not to mention pretty, while other forms of it are too. However it's really outdated. Maybe as a middle name, but other than that I wouldn't use it.
blondieboo629  8/6/2011
The impression I get from this name is that of a nosey neighbor, nosey woman. It's probably because of the tv character "Martha Huber" played by Christine Estabrook, from the tv sitcom "Desperate Housewives". Makes me think a "Martha" is someone who is a nosebag and gets into everyone's business, it's not her business but she likes to make it her business. On the contrary, a Martha is a rich and successful business woman such as "Martha Stewart", whom I love. Personally, I like this name, I'm pleased.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/5/2011
The book "Indigo" by Alice Hoffman, as well as the book "The Secret Language" by Ursula Nordstrom, both have important characters in them named Martha. Also, the "Gemma Doyle" trilogy and "His Dark Materials" both have supporting characters named Martha in them.
Martha Gold  7/4/2011
Martha Hatter is a character in Diana Wynne Jones's brilliant 1986 fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle. She is the main character Sophie's half-sister.
thefancyapple  6/29/2011
Someone mentioned George and Martha as a story about two hippos. Also, George and Martha Washington. But another George and Martha, (and what Martha brings to my mind) is Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Great movie.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2011
It's a pretty, classic name, and not too common. It won't sound dated in thirty years time (Chanelle, anyone?), and it grows with the bearer. I think Martha May is a nice combination.
insertusernamehere  11/25/2010
It has a nice old fashioned ring to it, not in the bad way though. Also a very nice meaning.
Chrila96  10/24/2010
'Martha' is a beautiful opera by von Flotow -contains the beautiful Irish tune 'The last rose of summer' which has been incorporated into the score.
Anton  3/16/2010
A few people mention Martha Kent as a famous bearer. Another famous (although likely not by first name) bearer within the DC universe is the late mother of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Martha Wayne, wife of the also late Thomas Wayne.

Apparently Martha was a really mumsy name when those characters were created! lol

It's not my favourite name but it's okay and cute-ish, I think.
― Anonymous User  2/26/2010
Martha will be the Hannah of the next generation. Get in before the curve.
vomiting  11/26/2009
I used to know a girl called Martha, and she was really witty and bubbly. =D Now, I think it would be a good name for a dog (I don't mean that in an offensive way) because Paul McCartney's Old English Sheepdog was called Martha.

It's a pretty name. ^_^
Golden Phoenix  7/26/2009
Song by Country Joe and the Fish: Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine.

I prefer Marta.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  3/18/2009
In the High School Musical movies a smart, hip-hoppin' girl is named Martha Cox, played by Kaycee Stroh.
tutugirl22  2/26/2009
I love the name Martha, it is such a cute name that ages well. I can imagine a little Martha, an adult Martha and a grandmother Martha, unlike the immature-sounding name I was given (which I plan to change).
― Anonymous User  1/24/2009
I can't believe some said this name sounds like vomit. Also cannot believe how many people think of old ladies. I love this name. It is an old fashioned name. I am proud to be named Martha. One of my favorite nicknames would be Marty. I am 25 and have met 3 other people named Martha, 2 of which were around same age as me. And I also love how French people pronounce the name Mar-ta. It is all around a beautiful name. The name also has a Bibical meaning, which I love about the name. And then there is Martha's Vinyard, which was named after the explorer's daughter. So Martha is a great name. I love it.
bcgirl30  11/5/2008
In Dutch and Limburgish, Martha is also used as a short form of Margaretha.
Lucille  10/18/2008
Another famous bearer is Martha Graham (1894-1991), known as "The Mother of Modern Dance".
Julindsy  9/28/2008
I find this to be a very sweet name with a lot of dignity and class as well.
pennycarroll  7/8/2008
I love this name, I think it sounds so pretty, it's feminine and classic, and not trendy! I love using the nicknames Mary or Marley for this name. Not a fan of Marty.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2008
One of my best friend's names is Martha and she's 15. So it's not as old as some people make it out to be =). I used to not like this name until I met her and know I find it really pretty. And no one misspells it!
cebca  2/15/2008
There's a series of children's books about two hippos named George and Martha.
scarletquillraven  10/20/2007
Martha Brewster was the name of one of the aunts in the play "Arsenic and Old Lace."
sharonrenee  9/9/2007
This is the name of my great-great aunt. I like it and all, but it DOES sound a little old-fashioned. Like my aunt. AND, let's not forget my Aunt (times twelve or thirteen) Martha Washington. Yep, I'm related to her. :D
rv14142  9/8/2007
This name reminds me of an overweight, black-haired woman.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2007
Martha Davis is the lead singer of the famous band from the 80's called the Motel's, whose hits are "Only the Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer".
spaz123  8/12/2007
I really like the name Martha, along with the nicknames, like Martie.
nothingshortoftragic  7/14/2007
Yuck. I would hate to be named Martha. :[
― Anonymous User  6/25/2007
A famous bearer is actress Martha Issová. Daughter of Syrian director Moris Issa and Czech actress Lenka Termerová.
Karcoolka  6/24/2007
Thomas Jefferson's wife and eldest daughter were both named Martha.
Spider from Mars  6/9/2007
One of the characters in The Secret Garden is named Martha.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2007
When I think of this name, an old-lady comes to mind.
CharlieRob  5/7/2007
Royal namesakes: Martha of Sweden, Crown Princess of Norway (the wife of King Olav V and the mother of Harald V) and her granddaughter Princess Märtha-Louise of Norway.
Aki  4/23/2007
The new Companion on "Doctor Who" is named Martha Jones.
WCSAngel  4/8/2007
My name is Martha and I'm only 24, so it's not an old lady's name. I like my name and think it's a pretty, feminine name, not to mention I like its meaning. There are several authors named Martha, among them Martha Graves and Martha Moore. There are several fictional Marthas, like Martha Kent from "Superman" and Martha Sowerby from "The Secret Garden," among others. Again, I like my name and I know for a fact that it's not for old ladies.
Martha Gold  3/22/2007
Martha Mackenzie is one of the teens in the Australian soap, Home & Away.
Belle  3/8/2007
Full first name of Dixie Chick, Martie Maguire.
Belle  3/8/2007
Martha is a very nice name and sounds like somone who has a lot of dignity.
melinda1  1/25/2007
There is an author named Martha C Lawrence.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
"Ma was the name of the Great Goddess of Comana; MA was the amulet representing Isis's fountains of nourishing fluid, MA was the primal deep, the world womb; MA was the death-rebirth syllable of the Persians, MA was the spirit of Intelligence, which in Hindu belief first bound together all the elements to make coherent forms." The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, by Barbara G. Walker

"Artha: Sanskrit "riches" or "abundance", root of Indo-European names for Mother Earth."
The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, by same author.

I think it's pretty clear that this name means Mother Earth.
watsu2day  11/20/2006
I have also seen the nickname Marty used for the name Martha.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2006
Wow! I can't believe you left out Martha Stewart. Eeewww! Really, all lock up now!
Starla-Marie_1993  8/4/2006
Feminine and beautiful. I always thought this was the feminine form of Martin.
Mithos514  7/6/2006
If I have a girl this is what I am naming my child. It is so beautiful and the Martha I know is is the most generous caring considerate person I have ever met and I only hope to be half as wonderful as her!
― Anonymous User  6/12/2006
A friend of mine once said that "Martha sounds like vomiting." I concur.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2006
A famous bearer is Martha Jane Canary aka Calamity Jane.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2006
Martha Kent (née Clark) is the name of the fictional character who is the adotptive mother of Kal-El of Krypton (who the Kents named Clark, who is known as Superman).
ctjj.stevenson  1/17/2006
Actress Martha Plimpton is a (young) famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Martha my dear is a song by The Beatles (I think Paul's sheepdog was named Martha).
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
This comes from Aramaic "Maretha" meaning lady or mistress. It is the feminine of mar, mara meaning lord or master.
wiswina  12/3/2005
I didn't use to like the name Martha, but then I read "The Secret Garden" and did. I guess it grew on me.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2005
One nicknames of the name Martha is Matti which is much better because Martha sounds like an old lady's name (no offense to the senior citizens who read this).
― Anonymous User  5/24/2005
I don't think it sounds like an old lady's name. I think it's actually pretty, and lady-like.
Tbird  7/1/2005

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