The name Martel first came from the French word "martelage" which means "hammering" and later the word "martel" was used for a "weapon hammer". CITATION[CLOSE]
Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
Early Origins of the Martels family
The surname Martels 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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.
Early History of the Martels family
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Martels Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Martel, Martelle, Martelles, Martal, Martales, Martell, Mertel, Mertelle, Mertalle and many more.
Early Notables of the Martels 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... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Martels family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Martels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Heinrich V Martels, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Martels Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Jacob Martels, who arrived in Manitoba in 1878