Marta: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marta

Marta

Pronunciation: MAHR-tə (key)

Origin of the name Marta:

Cognate of Martha, which is derived from the Aramaic Mārthā (lady, mistress). The name is borne in the Bible by the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany.

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Comments and insights on the name Marta: | Edit

This is a truly international name, easily spelled and pronounced, and used in many European and South American countries.

Personal experiences with the name Marta: | Edit

I've always loved being named Marta! I love that it's an ancient name, that it appears in the Bible, that it means "lady," that it is familiar to people the world over and that it is easy for most people to spell and pronounce. And it's much prettier and younger-sounding than Martha, IMHO. What I'm not so crazy about is the nickname Marty -- but then, no one ever calls me that twice.

I like my name when it's pronounced correctly, but that's so rare. I'm called Marda much more often than Marta! I do like that I'm usually the only Marta in a group. My name is often misunderstood over the phone -- Marsha? Martha? Oh! Marda! -- so I usually just spell it out before anyone has a chance to guess. I was named after a short story about a Marta who designed jewelry (before women were allowed to do such things!). :) It's an international name, so many people can claim you if you're a Marta. I like that most people have a familiar association with the name.

My daughter (born 2003) is called Marta. I agree with the person who said that this name is prettier and younger-sounding than "Martha"; that was exactly our reasoning. Although unfortunately many people hear what they expect to hear, and call my daughter "Martha" anyway. We arrived at this name from the Scandinavian angle. In Norwegian I believe it is a variant of "Margareta" rather than a form of "Martha".
In any case, it is a pretty and very user-friendly name for a bubbly girl with loads of personality.

Nicknames for Marta: | Edit

Marty, Mart

Meanings and history of the name Marta: | Edit

This form of Martha, meaning "lady, mistress of the house", is the standard form in many parts of the world, including Poland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Spain, Latin America, and many others.

Famous real-life people named Marta: | Edit

Marta Kauffman, American writer and producer, co-creator of the TV series "Friends"
Marta Kristen (born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen), American actress, best known for the 1960s series "Lost in Space"
Marta Hillers, German journalist
Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian soccer player
Márta Károlyi, Romanian-American gymnastics coach
Marta Sahagún de Fox (born Marta María Sahagún Jiménez), First Lady of Mexico
Marta Randall, American science fiction writer
Marta Kubišová, Czech singer and activist
Marta Eggerth, Austrian operetta singer

Marta in song, story & screen: | Edit

Marta von Trapp, middle child of the Trapp family in the musical "The Sound Of Music"

An opera, "Marta" by Von Flotow, with a beautiful aria called "M'appari". Features in the film "Breaking Away".

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