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Martha? Thoughts please!

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Bunders99 Tue 16-Oct-12 02:06:03

We both love the name Martha, but I've had some mixed reactions. Some people telling me it's just too old fashioned, even dowdy. Help! Our son is Ned which we think sounds great with Martha. Our other names are Daisy, Poppy, Betty, Kitty, Matilda and Florence. I'm due in 9 days so all thoughts really appreciated!

frantic51 Tue 16-Oct-12 02:09:52

Martha is lovely! But then so are your alternatives, with the possible exception of Betty. smile

Longdistance Tue 16-Oct-12 03:42:36

It's my middle name, and I love it. I would have called one of my dd's it, but felt strange using my middle name.

SoggyMoggy Tue 16-Oct-12 03:56:04

Martha's a lovely name.

Kincardine Tue 16-Oct-12 04:15:02

Martha is a lovely and classic name and I'd have chosen it for one of my daughters if my surname hadn't started with 'M'. Too much alliteration.

Instead we went for Alice and Honor.

armedtotheteeth Tue 16-Oct-12 04:44:50

I know two little Marthas. I think it's lovely and not at all old-fashioned or dowdy - I'm actually quite surprised people said that. Stick with it!

Anste Tue 16-Oct-12 05:41:45

Martha is lovely.

SavoyCabbage Tue 16-Oct-12 06:21:14

I like it but I do think it has a downtrodden/dowdy connotation because of the bible story. It's a bit scullery maid-but so is my dd's name and I don't give a hoot as its 2012.

Bonsoir Tue 16-Oct-12 06:33:28

Clearly, you like maids' names! Martha isn't the worst of those!

sillymillyb Tue 16-Oct-12 06:54:56

I love it! In fact love all your names smile

chickydoo Tue 16-Oct-12 06:57:25

It is quite popular in London.
Ds has 2 Martha's in his class & there are 2 in the class below.
It is quite pretty though.

foofooyeah Tue 16-Oct-12 07:07:31

Love it.

Ruprekt Tue 16-Oct-12 07:09:57

I don't mind it but think I find it rather dull and could get bored of it quite easily.

I much prefer Matilda and there are lots of nn you can use with Matilda.

I met a Dulcie the other day which I thought was pretty.

DizzyPurple Tue 16-Oct-12 07:10:11

I like it. Not too popular which is good.. I only know of one.

COCKadoodledooo Tue 16-Oct-12 08:28:15

I love it! Doubt my boys would have appreciated being called it though wink

Actually thought it would go well with all the sibling names you listed and then realised they were other names on your list blush

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 16-Oct-12 08:31:19

I really dont like it... cant really explain why just dont.

Kitty and Florence are lovely though I cant see kitty working for an adult....

mamalovesmojitos Tue 16-Oct-12 08:37:55

Love it.

LadyMargolotta Tue 16-Oct-12 08:41:07

Love the name Martha. Mara is a lovely name that is similar.

Gwennan Tue 16-Oct-12 09:03:28

I absolutely love it. Martha is probably my favourite name.

DoodleAlley Tue 16-Oct-12 09:17:10

I was ambivalent about the name until I met a Martha and I now love it loads. It just works really well as a classic yet modern and unfussy name.

Love it

aimingtobeaperfectionist Tue 16-Oct-12 09:28:21

I like it. I recently heard of a 'marla' which I thought was pretty. Good luck for 9 days time.

lakeofshiningwaters Tue 16-Oct-12 09:43:47

I don't like it personally - probably because I've taught 3 Martha's and none were very nice (sorry to the nice Martha's out there).

I would never think of it as dowdy or old-fashioned though - think it's quite popular now isn't it?

KenandDeirdre Tue 16-Oct-12 10:16:13

Love love love it!

Not so keen on the others on your list though. Martha works well for a child or adult.

smother Tue 16-Oct-12 10:19:29

Gorgeous name! The only negative is its increasing popularity but that isn't necessarily a problem. Prefer Martha to your other options - it's a bit more substantial (in a good way) and a bit less little girly than names like Daisy and Poppy. Saying that, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Betty too....

Lavenderhoney Tue 16-Oct-12 10:23:28

I know a woman called Martha and she hates it... Not helpful really, but she said she always felt so dowdy next to the Alice'ssmile

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