Martha

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550k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
595
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Martha

"Martha" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Lady". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From Latin Martha, from Ancient Greek Μάρθα (Mártha), from Aramaic מַרְתָּא (martā, “the mistress”), from מרה (MRH) "mistress", feminine of מרא (MRY) "master".

  1. A female given name of biblical origin.
  2. The sister of Lazarus and Mary in the New Testament.

Martha was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Latin, Norwegian, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Martha

Martha Stewart is a businesswoman, writer, television personality, and former fashion model. Martha was given the name Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3rd, 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

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Calamity Jane was an army scout, explorer, performer, and frontier woman. She holds the title The Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane. Calamity was given the name Martha Jane Cannary on May 1st, 1852 in Princeton, Missouri. Calamity is also known as Calamity Jane, Burke, and Martha Jane Canary. She passed away on August 1st, 1903.

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Martha Plimpton is an actress, singer, and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to present. Martha was given the name Martha Campbell Plimpton on November 16th, 1970 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Martha Washington was a First Lady of the United States. Martha was born on June 2nd, 1731 in Chestnut Grove (plantation). She passed away on May 22nd, 1802.

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Martha MacCallum is a host of america's newsroom, america's newsroom, fox news channel, and (fox news channel). Martha was born on January 31st, 1965 in Buffalo, New York.

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Martha Quinn is a 1980.0, cable television, and radio personality from the 1980s. Martha was born on May 11th, 1959 in Albany, New York.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Martha

Princess Märtha was royalty. She holds the title Crown Princess of Norway. Princess was born as the child of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark on March 28th, 1901 in Arvfurstens palats. She breathed her last breath on April 5th, 1954.

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Saint Martha is a saint. She holds the title Virgin, Myrrhbearer, and Wonder Worker of Southern Gaul. Saint was born in probably Iudaea Province.

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Rutsel was born in 1955.

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Paul Martha is a football player. Paul was born on June 22nd, 1942 in Pittsburgh.

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King was born on December 24th, 1520. She left this life on January 15th, 1584.

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How popular is the baby name Martha in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,040 1,040 0 #16 girl name
1881 1,044 1,044 0 #17 girl name
1882 1,239 1,229 10 #14 girl name
1883 1,264 1,255 9 #15 girl name
1884 1,443 1,443 0 #16 girl name
1885 1,430 1,425 5 #17 girl name
1886 1,498 1,491 7 #18 girl name
1887 1,509 1,504 5 #17 girl name
1888 1,780 1,769 11 #19 girl name
1889 1,711 1,711 0 #21 girl name
1890 1,789 1,784 5 #22 girl name
1891 1,744 1,744 0 #21 girl name
1892 1,915 1,915 0 #24 girl name
1893 1,813 1,805 8 #25 girl name
1894 1,975 1,968 7 #24 girl name
1895 2,105 2,096 9 #25 girl name
1896 2,031 2,022 9 #26 girl name
1897 1,996 1,990 6 #26 girl name
1898 2,191 2,184 7 #25 girl name
1899 1,915 1,907 8 #28 girl name
1900 2,446 2,437 9 #28 girl name
1901 1,894 1,886 8 #29 girl name
1902 2,038 2,030 8 #30 girl name
1903 1,980 1,980 0 #30 girl name
1904 2,019 2,019 0 #29 girl name
1905 2,097 2,091 6 #32 girl name
1906 2,207 2,199 8 #29 girl name
1907 2,283 2,274 9 #31 girl name
1908 2,332 2,324 8 #32 girl name
1909 2,520 2,510 10 #28 girl name
1910 2,871 2,858 13 #28 girl name
1911 3,030 3,019 11 #28 girl name
1912 3,918 3,911 7 #29 girl name
1913 4,554 4,538 16 #28 girl name
1914 5,445 5,431 14 #27 girl name
1915 7,236 7,217 19 #25 girl name
1916 7,630 7,610 20 #24 girl name
1917 8,279 8,261 18 #22 girl name
1918 8,358 8,342 16 #25 girl name
1919 8,349 8,321 28 #25 girl name
1920 8,728 8,709 19 #23 girl name
1921 9,280 9,263 17 #21 girl name
1922 9,041 9,022 19 #21 girl name
1923 8,991 8,962 29 #21 girl name
1924 9,357 9,318 39 #21 girl name
1925 8,802 8,763 39 #23 girl name
1926 8,591 8,555 36 #24 girl name
1927 8,346 8,306 40 #24 girl name
1928 8,286 8,249 37 #22 girl name
1929 7,676 7,637 39 #27 girl name
1930 7,866 7,831 35 #27 girl name
1931 7,518 7,479 39 #28 girl name
1932 7,615 7,580 35 #27 girl name
1933 7,201 7,163 38 #27 girl name
1934 7,640 7,603 37 #27 girl name
1935 7,656 7,620 36 #24 girl name
1936 7,427 7,387 40 #24 girl name
1937 7,984 7,955 29 #24 girl name
1938 8,621 8,580 41 #26 girl name
1939 8,540 8,493 47 #27 girl name
1940 8,737 8,692 45 #26 girl name
1941 9,202 9,158 44 #25 girl name
1942 9,537 9,512 25 #29 girl name
1943 9,732 9,707 25 #29 girl name
1944 9,361 9,333 28 #29 girl name
1945 8,768 8,746 22 #30 girl name
1946 9,796 9,762 34 #32 girl name
1947 10,673 10,651 22 #32 girl name
1948 10,028 10,006 22 #32 girl name
1949 9,836 9,808 28 #34 girl name
1950 9,852 9,837 15 #32 girl name
1951 9,633 9,604 29 #38 girl name
1952 9,717 9,697 20 #40 girl name
1953 9,276 9,260 16 #41 girl name
1954 8,609 8,591 18 #46 girl name
1955 7,952 7,932 20 #53 girl name
1956 7,730 7,709 21 #59 girl name
1957 7,383 7,363 20 #63 girl name
1958 6,777 6,747 30 #69 girl name
1959 6,455 6,439 16 #72 girl name
1960 5,849 5,831 18 #83 girl name
1961 5,726 5,717 9 #81 girl name
1962 5,186 5,163 23 #87 girl name
1963 4,899 4,882 17 #90 girl name
1964 4,465 4,450 15 #95 girl name
1965 3,815 3,799 16 #100 girl name
1966 3,286 3,271 15
1967 2,923 2,910 13
1968 2,588 2,578 10
1969 2,438 2,425 13
1970 2,383 2,369 14
1971 2,202 2,188 14
1972 1,909 1,896 13
1973 1,733 1,726 7
1974 1,842 1,832 10
1975 1,804 1,790 14
1976 1,605 1,597 8
1977 1,602 1,594 8
1978 1,494 1,484 10
1979 1,454 1,442 12
1980 1,567 1,553 14
1981 1,580 1,571 9
1982 1,467 1,450 17
1983 1,364 1,347 17
1984 1,226 1,210 16
1985 1,240 1,221 19
1986 1,162 1,152 10
1987 1,152 1,142 10
1988 1,153 1,137 16
1989 1,268 1,248 20
1990 1,282 1,266 16
1991 1,137 1,130 7
1992 1,154 1,144 10
1993 1,064 1,057 7
1994 960 952 8
1995 934 923 11
1996 877 877 0
1997 856 856 0
1998 771 771 0
1999 735 735 0
2000 779 779 0
2001 747 747 0
2002 697 697 0
2003 628 628 0
2004 591 591 0
2005 592 592 0
2006 579 579 0
2007 521 521 0
2008 496 496 0
2009 437 437 0
2010 407 407 0
2011 363 363 0
2012 382 382 0
2013 336 336 0
2014 383 383 0
2015 356 356 0
2016 389 389 0

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Popularity of Martha as a first name

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Popularity of Martha as a last name

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Common last names for Martha

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Lewis
  • Hall

Common first names for Martha

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Martha U.S.
  White 48.40% 64.26%
  African American 4.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 42.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Martha

People with the last name Martha are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Martha

  • How Popular is the name Martha? Martha is the 114th most popular name of all time. As a last name Martha was the 37,442nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Martha have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 549,973 babies born with the first name Martha in the United States. That's more than enough people named Martha to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Martha? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,040 new born babies.
  • When was Martha first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Martha is Wednesday, December 7th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Martha born? The highest recorded use of the first name Martha was in 1947 with a total of 10,651 babies. That's a lot of babies named Martha!
  • Random Martha Factoid: According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Martha ranks 18th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Indiana. Imagine that, 290 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 1933.
  • Weird things about the name Martha: Your name in reverse order is Ahtram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ramhat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Martha? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 595 people with the last name Martha.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Martha? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Martha as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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