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The original Gaelic form of Martin was Mac Giolla Mhartain. This name denotes a devotee of St. Martin. This saint founded the first monastery in France c. 360 and was made Bishop of Tours in 372. He is the patron saint of publicans and inn-keepers and is also a patron saint of France.

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The surname Martin was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172, and became one of the "Tribes of Galway." Kilmartin is a small village in Argyll and Bute, in western Scotland. It is best known as the center of Kilmartin Glen, one of the best examples of standing stones in Scotland. Kilmartin Castle, a small tower house, dating from about 1580, stands above the village and was the property of the Campbells.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Martin dating from that time include Gilmartin, Kilmartin, MacKilmartin, MacGilmartin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martin research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1722, 1600 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Martin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Martin:

Martin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Martin, who came to Virginia in 1606
  • Christopher Martin and his wife Mary, who arrived in America on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • Christopher Martin, who settled in Plymouth in 1620
  • Giles Martin, aged 23, who arrived in New England in 1623
  • Simon Martin, who immigrated to St Christopher in 1633


Martin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Martin, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Martin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Martin, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Barbara Martin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Andrew Martin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Martin, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • August, Edmond and Belfort Saint Martin, who came to New Orleans in 1820


Martin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Bernard Martin, who landed in Acadia in 1636
  • Pierre Martin, who married Catherine Vigneau in 1630 and sailed with her from Touraine to Acadia in 1636

Martin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Adam Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Amos Martin Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Andrew Martin U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. James Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. John Martin U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784


Martin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Christian Martin, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Thomas Martin, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • Johanna Martin, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • William Martin, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Jane Martin, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833


Martin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Martin, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Daniel Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Martin, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


Martin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Albin Martin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mrs Hannah Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Hugh Martin landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


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  • William E. "Bill" Martin (d. 2016), American musician, songwriter, screenwriter, comedic and voice actor
  • Riley Lee Martin (1946-2015), American self-described alien contactee, radio host and author of the book The Cuming of Tan, which describes his life and his alleged alien abduction
  • Mr. Charles D. Martin (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Slater Nelson "Dugie" Martin Jr. (1925-2012), American Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Tony Martin (1913-2012), born Alvin Morris, American actor and singer, husband of Cyd Charisse
  • MaryLou Ducey Martin, American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 2001
  • John St. Martin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948
  • Louis St. Martin (1820-1893), American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1840, 1846-50; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1851-53, 1885-87
  • Dean Martin (1917-1995), born Dino Paul Crocetti, American singer, film actor, television star and comedian
  • Valerie Martin (b. 1948), American novelist and short story writer and winner of the prestigious Orange Prize

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  • Adam Martin (1755-1835) and Thomas Roy Musick (1757-1842), St. Louis County, Missouri, Pioneers by Michal Martin Farmer.
  • Colonial Pioneers: Martin and Bell Families and their Kin by Mary Coates Martin.
  • Deacon John Burnham of Ipswich and Ebenezeer Martin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts by Elisabeth Puckett Martin.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auxilium meum a domino
Motto Translation: My help is from the Lord.

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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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The Martin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martin 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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