De martinis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname De martinis came from the Latin name Martinus, which is a derivative of Mars, who was the Roman god of fertility and war.The popularity of the name Martin is due to Saint Martin de Tours, who was one of the best known saints in the Western World. With the spread of Christianity, people named their children after saints in the hope that the children might enjoy that saint's patronage. Martin is also one of the few saints' names, other than the names of Old English saints, found in England before the Norman Conquest.
Early Origins of the De martinis family
The surname De martinis was first found in Brescia, where Theobaldo Martinengo, born in 930, was very important to the empire of Otto I. In 953 he donated 15 castles in the area to the empire, and his son Tebaldo led 12,000 men fighting against the Greeks for the empire. His son Leopardo became master of sixty castles, one of which he named Martinengo.
Early History of the De martinis family
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De martinis Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of De martinis include De Martini, De Martinis, De Martino, DeMartini, DeMartinis, DeMartino, Martignon, Martignone, Martignoni, Martin, Martina, Martinati, Martinato, Martinelli, Martinetti, Martini, Martinilli, Martinis, Martino, Martinoni, Martinotti, Martinuzzi and many more.
Early Notables of the De martinis family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Simone Martini, known for his strides in the development of Italian Gothic Painting in the early 14th century. One of his well known works is The Road to Cavalry, a vivid painting with the influence of expressionism and drama from Giotto. Martini was said to be the most distinguished of Duccio's disciples. Another member of the De martinis lineage is Guglielmo Martini, who became senator of Palermo in 1335. More famous is Francesco di Giorgio, better known as Francesco di Siena, born in 1439. He was trained as a painter, but became...
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Migration of the De martinis family
Early records show that people bearing the name De martinis arrived in North America quite early: Erno Martino, who arrived in Georgia in 1733; Disloza Martino, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island from Messino, Italy, in 1893; Donato Martino, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island from Italy, in 1892.
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