Martell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Martell family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Martell is based on the popular medieval given name Martin. It derives from the Latin Martinus, which comes from Mars, the Roman God of War.

Early Origins of the Martell family

The surname Martell 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." [1]

Early History of the Martell family

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Martell Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Martell include Martel, Mortel, Martell, Mortell and others.

Early Notables of the Martell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Martell family to Ireland

Some of the Martell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Martell migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Martells to arrive on North American shores:

Martell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • K. Martell, aged 42, settled in Boston in 1823
  • K. Martell who settled in Boston in 1823
  • Jom Martell, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [2]
  • Philipp Martell, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1894 [2]
  • Rosina Martell, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1894 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Martell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Martell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Martell, Welsh convict from Pembroke, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Richard Martell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Martell (post 1700) +

  • Tony Martell (1926-2016), American music industry senior executive and philanthropist
  • Raúl Sánchez Díaz Martell (1915-2011), American Governor of Baja California from 1965 to 1971
  • Herman Martell, former American football player in the National Football League
  • Linda Martell (b. 1941), American rhythm and blues and country music singer
  • Kayla Martell (b. 1989), American beauty queen
  • Tony Martell, veteran American music industry senior executive
  • Vince Martell (b. 1945), American is best known as the lead guitarist for Vanilla Fudge
  • Kay Martell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948 [5]
  • Charles J. Martell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912 [5]
  • Charles Martell, American politician, Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1986 [5]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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