Martel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Martel first came from the French word "martelage" which means "hammering" and later the word "martel" was used for a "weapon hammer". [1]

Early Origins of the Martel family

The surname Martel was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times. Charles Martel (c. 688-741) was a Frankish ruler best known for his victory at the Battle of Tours in 732, which halted the European invasion by the Moors. He was given the nickname Martel, "the Hammer", for his approach to battle. At this early date this was not a hereditary surname. He is also said to be the grandfather of Charlemagne.

By the 15th century the family was well established in Gascogne and several members held distinctive positions in society and were rewarded by their peers with lands, titles, and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Throughout the centuries the family prospered and expanded to various regions where members of the family adapted to the cultural and linguistic changes in these new areas and they became prominent citizens in their respective communities. The name Martel was also seen in Normandy with many distinguished families, cited in 1066 and 1133. [2]

Honore Martel, son of Jean and Marie (née Duchesne), travelled to Canada from Paris, France around 1667. He married Marguerite La Mirault, daughter of François and Jeanne (née Clause), at the church of Quebec on 26th November 1668. They settled together at Dombour, Neuville, Quebec. [3]

Early History of the Martel family

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Martel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Martel, Martelle, Martelles, Martal, Martales, Martell, Mertel, Mertelle, Mertalle and many more.

Early Notables of the Martel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Charles Martel d'Anjou (1271-1295), also known as Charles I Martel; he was the son of king Charles II of Naples and Maria of Hungary...
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Martel World Ranking

In the United States, the name Martel is the 2,655th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [4] However, in Canada, the name Martel is ranked the 109th most popular surname with an estimated 26,634 people with that name. [5] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Martel is the 36th popular surname. [6] France ranks Martel as 307th with 13,139 people. [7]


United States Martel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Martel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas Martel, aged 15, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Nicholas Martel, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Nicolas Martel, aged 15, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [8]
  • Antonio Martel, who settled in New Orleans in 1778 with Francesca his wife and children
  • Antonio Martel, who settled with his wife Francesca Antonia, son Antonio 6, son Domingo 2, and daughter Blavina 11, in New Orleans in 1778
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Martel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luis Martel, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [8]
  • Manuel Martel, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1823 [8]
  • Gaspar Martel, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1836 [8]
  • Jom Martel, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [8]
  • Albert Martel, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [8]

Canada Martel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Martel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Honoré Martel, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marguerite L'Admiraut, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Quebec on 26th November 1668 [9]
  • Pierre-Gratien Martel, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Marie-Charlotte Charets, daughter of Étienne and Catherine, in Quebec on 16th November 1687 [9]
  • Étienne-Joseph Martel, son of Nicolas and Marguerite, who married Antoine Boucher, daughter of François and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th November 1695 [9]
  • Jean Martel, son of Honoré and Marguerite, who married Madeleine Vannier, daughter of Guillaume and Madeleine, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 14th February 1695 [9]
  • Raymond Martel, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Marie-Anne Trotier, daughter of Antoine and Catherine, in Batiscan, Quebec on 8th June 1697 [9]
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Martel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph-Alphonse Martel, son of Honoré and Marguerite, who married Marguerite Groinier, daughter of Nicolas and Marie, in Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 8th January 1701 [9]
  • Étienne-Joseph Martel, son of Nicolas and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Brebant, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 21st May 1703 [9]
  • Antoine Martel, son of Honoré and Marguerite, who married Catherine Guillet, daughter of Vincent and Isabelle, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 15th November 1706 [9]
  • Jacques Martel, son of Paul and Madeleine, who married Marie-Élisabeth Rondeau, daughter of François and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on 7th February 1727 [9]
  • François Martel, son of Pierre and Marie-Charlotte, who married Louise-Madeleine Mariauchau, daughter of François and Louise-Philippe, in Quebec on 15th September 1732 [9]
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New Zealand Martel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Martel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Martel, (b. 1844), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd January 1868 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Martel (post 1700) +

  • Diane Martel, American music video director and choreographer
  • Sherri Martel (1958-2007), born Sherri Russell, an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by her ring names, Sherri Martel and Sensational Sherri
  • Arlene Martel (1936-2014), American actress and acting coach, known for her roles in Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone
  • Paul M. Martel, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 3rd Ward, 1956; Candidate in primary for New Hampshire Governor's Council 3rd District, 1956 [11]
  • Louis Israel Martel, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 3rd Ward, 1956; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1956 [11]
  • L. J. Martel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1893 [11]
  • George Louis Martel, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 6th Ward, 1938 [11]
  • Frank X. Martel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [11]
  • Erich H. Martel, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 1972 [11]
  • Edward Martel, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 12th Ward, 1956 [11]
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  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  6. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  7. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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