Short form of Martin or of Martina and Martine. It has sometimes been used as an independent boy's name since the latter part of the 20th century, being associated particularly with the comedian Marty Feldman (1933–83), the pop singer Marty Wilde (b. 1939 as Reginald Smith), and the country-and-western singer Marty Robbins (1925–82).
Partly translated form of German Schwarzwälder, denoting someone from the Black Forest (German Schwarzwald). The first element Black is a translation of German Schwarz (Old High German swarz), while the second element is a respelling of -wälder ‘forest dweller’ (from Old High German wald ‘forest’).