The Baby Name Martika

MartikaBaby girls started getting the name Martika in the mid-1980s. Why? Because that’s when singer Marta “Martika” Marrero started making a name for herself on the TV show Kids Incorporated.

Her nickname/stage name began popping up on the SSA’s baby name list in 1986:

  • 1985: not listed
  • 1986: 13 baby girls named Martika
  • 1987: 12 baby girls named Martika

A couple of years later, her debut album Martika was released. It featured the popular single “Toy Soldiers.” (This song was sampled recently by Eminem.)

Her second album, Martika’s Kitchen, came out in 1991.

As you might expect, the name Martika became much more popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s:

  • 1988: 8 baby girls named Martika
  • 1989: 207 baby girls named Martika [rank: 892nd]
  • 1990: 273 baby girls named Martika [rank: 756th]
  • 1991: 146 baby girls named Martika
  • 1992: 179 baby girls named Martika [rank: 1037th]
  • 1993: 69 baby girls named Martika
  • 1994: 47 baby girls named Martika

It even gave rise to two variants, Marteka and Martica, both of which debuted in 1989.

But as the ’90s rolled on and the singer’s fame began to fade, the baby name Martika became less popular. It ended up dropping off the SSA’s list entirely in 2002.


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