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Where did the French Marth family come from? What is the French Marth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Marth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Marth family history?

The French duchy of Gascogne was the home of the family who first used the name Marth. The surname was derived from the patron saint Saint Martinus, a Bishop of Tours and Evangelist of la Gaule who was very popular in the Middle Ages.


Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Marth, including Martin, Martine, Lamartine, Martinat, Martinaud, Martinault, Martinot, Martineau, Martinet, Martiné, Martinon, Martinesque, Martet, Marthet, Marté, Martaud, Martault, Martot, Marti, Marty, Martinenche, Martiena, Martirena, Martens, Mertens, Saint-Martin and many more.

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 from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marth research. Another 971 words (69 lines of text) covering the years 1345, 1370, 1445, 1500, 1550, 1560, 1605, 1673, 1676, 1689, 1710, 1717, 1742, 1743, 1755, 1789, 1800, 1803, 1810, 1818, and 1820 are included under the topic Early Marth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Marth 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 Marth were

Marth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carl Marth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748

Marth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albert Marth, who landed in America in 1870


  • Ryan Marth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1996
  • Herman A. Marth, American politician, Independent Socialist Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 8th District, 1922; Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 25th District, 1946
  • Al Marth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1956


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