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Martel is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the popular medieval given name Martin. It derives from the Latin Martinus, which comes from Mars, the Roman God of War.
The surname Martel was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from at Abbess Roding. One of the most famous early references of the surname was William Martel (1130-1153), English steward of the royal households of King Henry I and King Stephen of England, castellan of Sherborne Castle until 1143. Some of the family were found at Whaddon in Buckinghamshire in early times. " A small priory of Benedictine monks, in honour of St. Leonard, was founded in this parish, at Snelleshall, prior to the time of Henry III., by Ralph Martel, and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £24." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Martel have been found, including Martel, Mortel, Martell, Mortell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martel research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1204, 1130, 1153 and 1143 are included under the topic Early Martel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Martel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Martel were among those contributors:
Martel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Martel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Martel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Martel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martel 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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