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Martene History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French, Spanish


Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Martene is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Martene family


The surname Martene was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has held a family seat since early times.

Early History of the Martene family


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Martene Spelling Variations


French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Martene is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Martigny, Martignie, Martignies, Marrtigny, Marrtignie, Marrtignies, Martigney, Martinerie, Martinière, Martinier, Martini, Martygny, Martygnie, Martygnies, Marttigny, Marttignie, Marttignies, de Martigny, du Martigny and many more.

Early Notables of the Martene family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Martene family to the New World and Oceana


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Martene has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Martene were Antoine Martineau who settled in Quebec in 1758.

Contemporary Notables of the name Martene (post 1700)


  • Martene Windsor "Bill” Corum (1895-1958), American sports columnist for the New York Evening Journal
  • Martene Windsor "Bill” Corum" (1895-1958), sports columnist for the New York Evening Journal

The Martene Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sub umbra tuarum
Motto Translation: I will rest under a shadow.


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