In the 1980s, she became less Mrs. Washington and more MTV veejay, thanks to diminutive, bib-overall wearing Martha Quinn. Today, she could fit right in with Emma and Hannah.

But after decades in the Top 100, today she’s nowhere to be seen. She charted at #617 in 2008 and has fallen steadily since the 1960s.

And so I ask – Martha, yea or nay?

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  1. I have met several young Latina women named Martha. Maybe they will help pull Martha back into the mainstream.

  2. Yea! I really like Martha. It’s my grandma’s favorite name, which I’m not sure is a good thing or a bad thing 🙂 She said that she considered it when she had my aunt. Upon hearing this, my aunt said “Ew! Martha is an old lady with a shawl!” I don’t mind the Stewart connection, but I can’t stand Martha Coakley! I’m sure I’ll forget about her after a while… 😉

  3. I like Martha and now know two: one friend and her youngest. Marty is married to my buddy Rich’s cousin, Marc (or is it Mark, I forget) and they have four kids, the youngest girl is named for Mom, Martha. I like the solid, upright feel of Martha and even Stewart can’t drag it down for me. Feminine, strong & sweet, that’s Martha. Lovely name, got a solid “Yea” from me!

  4. I think Martha is ripe for revival. I find the name sweet but strong, and Biblical to boot. Surprised it doesn’t have more appeal. Perhaps too many people find Stewart off-putting, or find it not quite ready yet to be revived

    1. JNE, I’m sure you’re right. That’s how horribly undomestic I am – I didn’t even think of Martha Stewart!

      Still, people name their kids Kobe and Tiger. Is Martha such an unworthy role model? Hmmm …

    2. Yeah, my first thought is “Martha Stewart”, which gives me a bit of an uncomfortable association, after the ‘insider trading’ mess she got into. And maybe her ‘perfect hostess / homemaker’ kind of vibe is a bit off putting too.

      Shame to have a one person association ruin a name. Though I’m not a big fan of the sound of the name in general.

  5. I like it! It was my great-grandmother’s name and I’ve considered it (or Marta) for a potential middle name for a future daughter. I’d actually forgotten about it, so I’m going to re-add it to my list!

  6. Martha Stewart has ruined it for me, but I _wish_ I could like it!! Maybe if I could meet a cute little girl Martha.

  7. I’m disappointed to see Martha’s so low. It’s a legit name with a rich history and so much better than many of the popular names today. I met a little Martha a few months ago (which is really surpising around here). It was wonderful to hear, and she wore it very well.