Name: Martha

Origin and Meaning of the Name Martha

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    (MAR tha)
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    English and Greek speaking countries
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    Martha is a name of Aramaic origin, meaning "lady, mistress".

    She was a figure in the New Testament. According to the gospel of John, she was the sister of Lazarus and Mary, and she witnessed her brother's resurrection.
    The image of the Biblical Martha is that of a hard-working housewife, and she became the patron saint of house-bound wives.

    Having been out of vogue for several decades, in 2006 Martha broke into the top 100 names in the UK (number 99). Martha is the name of the Doctor's companion in the third series of the resurrected British sci-fi series Doctor Who, and as such may be poised for a revival in the UK. However, in 2005 Martha was rated at a much lower 509 in the US.

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Popularity Rank of Martha (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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