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Where did the Spanish Martinez family come from? What is the Spanish Martinez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Martinez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Martinez family history?

The surname Martinez is a Spanish patronymic surname, an early form of hereditary surnames which were derived from the father's given name. Martinez comes from the personal name Martin, which is itself derived from the Latin Martinus, whose root is Mars, the name of the Roman god of fertility and war. The name Martinez became popular throughout Christian Europe after it was borne by the 4th century saint Martin of Tours.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Martínez, Martinez, Martíniz, Martiniz, Martin, Martins, Martín, Marcial and many more.

First found in Old Castile, in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martinez research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1136, 1300, 1438, 1638 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Martinez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 215 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martinez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Domingo Martínez de Irala, who voyaged to Argentina with Pedro de Mendoza and eventually was named governor of Paraguay
  • Juan Martínez de Ampués, who became governor of Santo Domingo and founded the first Spanish city in Venezuela, Coro (1527). He later became governor of Curaçao
  • Isabel Martínez, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
  • Bernardo Martínez, to Nicaragua in 1560
  • Leonor Martínez, to Cuba in 1560

Martinez Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Francisco Martínez, to Puerto Rico in 1656

Martinez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alvaro Martinez, who landed in America in 1812
  • Beatriz Martinez, who landed in America in 1812
  • Diego Martinez, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bartolome Martinez, who landed in America in 1814
  • Bernal Martinez, who landed in America in 1815


  • Robert Martinez (b. 1934), American politician, 40th Governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991
  • Dennis Martínez Martinez (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Víctor Jesús Martínez (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball switch-hitting catcher and first baseman
  • Alberto Martinez Piedra (b. 1926), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Guatemala (1984-1987)
  • Matthew Gilbert Martinez (b. 1929), American politician, former U.S. Representative from California
  • Private Joe P. Martinez (1920-1943), U.S. Army soldier during World War II awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Julio Aparicio Martínez (b. 1932), Spanish bullfighter
  • Andrés Aráiz Martínez (b. 1901), Spanish composer
  • María José Martínez Sánchez (b. 1982), Spanish professional tennis player
  • Francesca Martínez (b. 1978), English stand-up comedian and actor



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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  9. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Martinez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martinez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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