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The name Martens arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Martens comes from the Latin name Martinus, which is a derivative of Mars, who was the Roman god of fertility and war. The popularity of the name Martin is due to Saint Martin de Tours, who was one of the best known saints in the Western World. With the spread of Christianity, people named their children after saints in the hope that the children might enjoy that saint's patronage. Martin is also one of the few saints' names, other than the names of Old English saints, found in England before the Norman Conquest.

Martens Early Origins



The surname Martens was first found in Leicestershire. However, some of the family were found in early times at Westmeston in Sussex. "The church is principally in the early English style, with a plain Norman arch between the nave and chancel; it contains a rudely-constructed circular stone font, and at the east end of the south aisle is an ancient chapel, the burial-place of the Marten family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch of the family was found at Anstey-Pastures in Leicestershire in early times. "This place, which was formerly parcel of the 'Ffrith of Leicestre,' and of the ancient duchy of Lancaster, was granted in the 27th of Elizabeth to Thomas Martyn and others, on a lease of 31 years, and after the expiration of that term was purchased, in the 4th of James I., from Robert, Earl of Salisbury, lord treasurer of England, by Robert Martyn, of Anstey, whose descendants have a seat here." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Martens Spelling Variations


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Martens Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Martin, Matin, Mattin, Martyn and others.

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Martens Early History


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Martens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martens research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1446, 1503, 1484, 1492, 1594, 1648, 1643, 1582, 1620, 1617, 1678, 1646, 1660, 1602, 1680, 1640, 1653, 1662, 1621, 1692 and are included under the topic Early Martens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Martens Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Martyn of Athelhampton ( c. 1446-1503), Sheriff of London in 1484 and Lord Mayor of London in 1492; Sir Richard Martin, Lord Mayor of London in 1594; Robert Martin, Esquire, who was made the Sheriff of the County of Radnour in 1648...

Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martens In Ireland


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Martens In Ireland



Some of the Martens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Martens or a variant listed above:

Martens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Martens, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1658
  • Tryntje Martens, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1658
  • Weyntje Martens, who arrived in New York, NY in 1659
  • Dirk Martens, aged 20, arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660

Martens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannes Martens, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1742

Martens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Martens, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • Jira Martens, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1848
  • Heinrich Martens, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1849
  • Charles Martens, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Charlotte Martens, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • F.G.G. Martens arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"
  • Matilda Martens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Martens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Martens (post 1700)



  • Leo Martens, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Marinette County, 1958
  • Jacob Martens, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1924
  • Henry Martens, American Republican politician, Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1934-37
  • Harry H. Martens, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1945-50, 1953-56
  • Glenn W. Martens, American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 23rd District, 1923-24; South Dakota Republican State Chair, 1945
  • George W. Martens, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1952, 1956
  • George F. Martens Jr. (1867-1926), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1897-99; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Hunterdon County, 1904-06, 1913-21
  • Clarence G. Martens, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Mt. Vernon, New York, 1927
  • Charles H. Martens (1883-1955), American Republican politician, Mayor of East Orange, New Jersey, 1918-52
  • Charles H. Martens, American politician, Village President of Franklin Park, Illinois, 1892-94
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Martens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martens 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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