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The French duchy of Gascogne was the home of the family who first used the name Marti. 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.

Early Origins of the Marti family

The surname Marti 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 from ancient times.

Another source claims the name is from St. martin in Normandy. "This family descends from Walter, Lord of St. Martin, who about 980 married a niece of Duchess Gunnora. William his son was father of Roger, Lord of Mortemer, and of Ralph, Sire de Garenne, and of the Sire de St. Martin, from whom came the family of St. Martin in Normandy and England." [1]

Abraham Martin was born in France in 1589 and died in Quebec on 8th September 1664. He arrived in New France, along with his wife and daughter, on the boat "Le Sallemande" on 30th August 1620. Abraham received a plot of land that eventually became the location of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, fought between James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. This land is still known as "Les Plaines d'Abraham", or in English, "The Plains of Abraham". [2]

Early History of the Marti family

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Marti 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 Marti is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include 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.

Early Notables of the Marti family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was François Martin (1634-1706), the first Governor General of Pondicherry, Commissioner of French India (1681-1693), Governor-General of French India (1699-1706); Charles-Amador Martin, (1648-1711), Canadian clergyman, the second Canadian to be ordained a priest; Jean-Baptiste Martin, an officer and...
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Marti Ranking

In the United States, the name Marti is the 8,273rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Marti is ranked the 1,001st most popular surname with an estimated 5,293 people with that name. [4]

United States Marti migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Marti surname were

Marti Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Marti, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735 [5]
  • Lorentz Marti, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [5]
  • Jakob Marti, who arrived in America in 1766 [5]
Marti Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vicente Marti, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [5]
  • Bernardo Marti, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [5]
  • Pablo Marti, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 [5]
  • Maria Manuela Marti, aged 18, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1813 [5]
  • Gerardo Marti, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1813 [5]
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Marti Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Joseph Marti, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908 [5]

Australia Marti migration to Australia +

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

Marti Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Marti, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Contemporary Notables of the name Marti (post 1700) +

  • Vicki Marti, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [6]
  • Lloyd J. Marti (1901-1994), American politician, Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1943-47 [6]
  • Doug Marti, American Republican politician, Chair of Bond County Republican Party, 2002 [6]
  • Bernabé Martí (1928-2022), stage name of Bernabé Martínez Remachawas, a Spanish Aragonese operatic tenor and the widower of Montserrat Caballé
  • Marti Caine (1945-1995), born Lynne Denise Shepherd, an English actress, dancer, presenter, singer, writer, and comedian
  • Marti Friedlander CNZM (1928-2016), English-born, New Zealand photographer
  • Marti R. Sheldon, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [7]
  • Marti Pellow (b. 1965), born Mark McLachlan, Scottish pop star and lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet
  • Marti McGraw, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 2000 [8]
  • Marti Halverson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 2008 [9]

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