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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.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was 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. Also of note was Domingo Martínez de Irala, who voyaged to Argentina with Pedro de Mendoza and eventually was named governor of Paraguay. Other bearers of the family name who emigrated to Spain's colonies in the New World include Isabel, who emigrated to Peru in 1560.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Martinez
  • 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
  • Patricia Gudiel Martínez (b. 1988), Spanish football defender


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Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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