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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.

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The surname Martinez was first found in Old Castile, in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

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


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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.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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
  • Martín Martínez, to Florida in 1563


Martinez Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Francisco Martínez, to Puerto Rico in 1656

Martinez Settlers in 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


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  • 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
  • Robert Martinez (b. 1934), American politician, 40th Governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991
  • Víctor Jesús Martínez (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball switch-hitting catcher and first baseman
  • Private Joe P. Martinez (1920-1943), U.S. Army soldier during World War II awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Dennis Martínez Martinez (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • José Parra Martínez (1925-2016), Spanish football defender
  • Bernat Martínez Mas (1980-2015), Spanish motorcycle racer
  • Patricia Gudiel Martínez (b. 1988), Spanish football defender
  • Julio Aparicio Martínez (b. 1932), Spanish bullfighter

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  1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  9. 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.
  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.

This page was last modified on 16 April 2016 at 06:02.

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