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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Martha
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Martha in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Martha:
Records indicate that 545,951 girls in the United States have been named Martha since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 10,647 people in the U.S. were given the name Martha. Those people are now 73 years old.
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Comments about the name Martha
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10 Positive Comments
"My name is Martha, to the person who says the name is boring and old, it's not the name, maybe the person. I am outgoing, strong, independent, Vibrant, unique and NOT boring at all. It's an underappreciated name that deserves better! For those who don't like the name, change it, the name should be loved!" Jul. 17, 2020:
"it's amazing being called Martha cuz if people mess up your name it just reminds you that you're unique." Jan. 21, 2019:
"My mother named me Martha because every other Martha she ever met was "Very nice." Personally I don't feel it suits me. If I ever have the chance to change it I will. Martha isn't me. I'm vibrant and energetic and the name doesn't really fit that. Iv'e been told countless times that I don't look like a Martha and frankly I have to agree. I love the name! I think it's lovely and classic and fantastic. I don't love it for me." Jul. 7, 2017:
"I'm 47 and work in health care. I find when I'm speaking with elderly patients, I always get compliments on my name. I have grown to love my name. I've had "Martha" mistaken for Margaret, Marsha, Marcia, and my favourite Marpa. My Dad picked the name just because he loved it." May. 2, 2017:
"My name is Martha and I have had loads of people spell it wrong (even parents would when writing their children's Xmas cards when I went to primary school). It often gets spelled Marther, Mather, Matha and that can be frustrating but people learn to spell it right! My younger cousin (7) is called Arthur so when we are together it can be confusing as to who is being called! I have been to Spain many times and would one day like to go to Martha's Vineyard and introduce myself as Martha (just for the reactions) and I always get called Marta in Spain and France because of the accents but it doesn't bother me. I have only ever met one Martha before, she was in year ten (the year above me) but moved to a different school. One thing which does sometimes annoy me is when people get lazy and just say Marfa (f rather than th) never been spelt like that though." Apr. 12, 2017:
"When I was younger I didn't like my name. My dad has always called me 'Marti' and now it has changed into 'Martianna'. I have grown to like it as I get older. I have never met a Martha around my age. Most are age 60+." Jan. 19, 2016:
"I love my name! Yes, it's a granny name but I is strong and colonial! Although when I was a young girl I was not a fan. I was named after my Aunt Marta who is a nun and after I learned that and grew up a bit I found a new appreciation for it." Apr. 8, 2014:
"My middle daughter is a Martha and is 6 now. It suits her well. She is solidly built, bright, funny, a hard worker and very loyal. This is an underused name." Sep. 28, 2011:
"People always spell it correctly, but whenever I introduce myself of the phone, they often think I said "Micah."
I rarely meet someone else with my name; if I do, she's usually much older." Aug. 6, 2008:
"My new baby granddaughter's name. It's lovely, like her!" Oct. 21, 2007:
20 Neutral Comments
"This is my name. I was born in 1949. I have only met 2-3 other Martha's. I was named after my German grandmother hut also have ancesters on the Norwegian side named Martha or Marta. I have always disliked the name as it feels stuffy and old but I like Marta. People often misheard my name and call me Marcia. I usually go by Martie and my siblings call me Marth or Mart
Upside is that it is not common and paired with the unique last names I have had (maiden and married) there's not much chance of same names." Jul. 15, 2020:
"I am Martha Jane. For the same reason that some of the other feminine M names blend together in people?s minds - Melanie, Melissa, Melinda- if people don?t get Martha, the ?defaults? are Margaret and Marsha, and by Biblical association, Mary. I hated my name as a child. I never knew another Martha growing up. My nickname was Marci, which I liked. There were no beautiful actresses named Martha, and the name felt very uncool. Also, most Marthas has the middle name Ann, Jane, Jean, Sue, and in the South, Ellen and Elaine. As someone else noted, people do hear Micah when I say my name, which I don?t understand at all. Martha is a serious and old fashioned name, but with the current popularity of names like Hazel, Norma, and Mabel, Martha may become more popular, too. A lady I met from Somalia told me that Martha is a very common and loved name in her country. I would not recommend it for consideration to a mother to be, but I have made peace with it as I?ve grown older." Dec. 23, 2018:
"WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
-BATMAN" Oct. 24, 2017:
"My name is Martha. I am 62 so I guess I fall under the 'little old lady' category. lol (really) I do like to bake pies, work in my flowers, and all those old, seemingly unpopular things. I don't think it's because of my name though - think I would love to do the same things no matter what my name was. Would love to see some little girls named Martha and know the name continues. And yes - people do seem to mispronounce my name a lot - It's ok" May. 13, 2017:
"Martha is my name i love the name most people don't pronounce it well but its does not matter my friend calls me Mata while at home they calls me marta but it sound funny tome while Martha is the best name other best name i like are gift .Gift is also my name, like Emily Gabrielle Sophia bellla and Mary my friend actually bears Mary so when my teacher calls us she mistake me for Mary and her fo Martha (laughing)its really funny i like the name so much it makes feel like am a twin" Sep. 11, 2016:
"My names Martha Holly. I don't know how people pronounce my name wrong but somehow they sometimes do. I like my name but the only other Martha I've met was an old lady. I think it's nice and unique because it's not like when someone says ' Do you know Ava?' and you have to say 'Which one?' cause people immediately know who you are." Mar. 12, 2016:
"I'm called martha. My friends call me Marta or Marta-sauce or tomarta! I don't know why but they do!" Apr. 17, 2015:
"My grandmas name is Martha and I like it😃;););););););););));););;););););;:);););););););););););););););)" Jul. 8, 2014:
"I don't really like it. It's an old lady name. Also, people often say " Martha Washington" - just hilarious & so creative (not!). The most common mistake I get is Marsha. Also, the guy who said it's his girlfriends name & you can't shorten it is right (unless u like Marty, which is terrible, I think) so for 30 yrs my husband has called me "Marth" Dec. 4, 2011:
"my name is martha elena i know it is the most beautiful name in the whole wide world is not an old lady name, people usually say martha with an h or without some people call me martita" Nov. 24, 2010:
"I was named after my grandmother, it is spelled Martha but very often it pronounced without like Marta drives me nuts but oh well... My friends call me M or Marty
I was born in
1977 :) I think its classy" Oct. 6, 2010:
"The best sister in the world name is Martha and but please call her Marty. The name Marty makes me think of someone fun, sassy smart and hard working. She is now 62 and still a Marty. She has two sons, four great grandsons and a terrific husband and a great kid sister... How lucky can a Mary be" Jul. 3, 2010:
"im called martha, and hardly anyone ever spells it right (even my brother!). some people call me mattie or marta like it is in spanish/french. i hate how its old fashioned but ive only ever known like 1 or 2 people with the same name, which is cool. its better than having a really common name like... lucy or something, although i actually love that name. my frind speaks arabic and she says it means lady, and another friend who speaks karen says it means mother... haha :\" Jun. 24, 2009:
"my girlfriend name is martha...
it's a boring name...
you can't give a nick name to this name...
i often call her mart, it's like k-mart or something like that..." Nov. 5, 2008:
"martha is my name and it is rather boring esp. with the middle name of jane. I've never had anyone mispronounce it, but i wold much rather have a different name" Jul. 26, 2008:
"My name is Martha Ann ...I was named after my father's mother ( my grandmother) ...and it reminds me of an old lady's name ...no pun intended....Most people like the name , but I myself, have never particularly liked it ( shrug)" Jun. 22, 2008:
"My sister's name is Mary and my dad gave me the name Martha because they were sisters in the Bible.....Then when he would call for one of us he'd mix them up and call us "Maritha" prouncing it Maryitha" May. 7, 2008:
"While Americans associate this name with Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of Clark Kent AKA Superman (Kal-El of the planet Krypton), British people usually think of Martha Longhurst in 'Coronation Street', Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell's other friend who sat with them in the 'snug' part of the fictional pub the Rovers Return Inn." Jan. 20, 2007:
"Martha is my name and it's ok. People never have pronounced my name wrong. I've had 3 people with my name my name my aunt, my cousin, and my friend.." Jul. 12, 2006:
"This is my sister's name. She was born in the 1970s so she has never known another Martha her own age because the name has declined in popularity since then. She has always gone by the nickname, "Mars," which fits her better as it is more youthful and vibrant. "Martha" is a very classic, strong, pious sort of name, which is fine, but you have to admit it also conjures up the image of an old lady who knits and bakes pies." Mar. 21, 2006:
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