Martha Jonsdatter

Female13 April 1738–3 August 1738

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Jonsdatter was christened on 13 April 1738, in Røyken, Buskerud, Norway, her father, Joen Iverson Gratte, was 31 and her mother, Anne Andersdatter, was 31.

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Family Time Line

Joen Iverson Gratte
Anne Andersdatter
Iver Johnsen Aarres Solberg
Martha Jonsdatter
Lars Jonsen
Hans Joenson Huusebije
Christoffer Johnsen Husebye
Martha Jonsdatter
Iver Jonsen
Bernt Jonsen

Sources (1)

  • Martha Jonsdatter, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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Siblings (8)

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Name Meaning

New Testament name, of Aramaic rather than Hebrew origin, meaning ‘lady’. It was borne by the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (John 11:1). According to Luke 10:38, when Jesus visited the house of Mary and Martha, Mary sat at his feet, listening to him, while Martha ‘was cumbered about much serving’, so that she complained to Jesus, ‘Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?’ For this reason, the name Martha has always been associated with hard domestic work, as opposed to the contemplative life.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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