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

Martin is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Martin 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.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Martin, Matin, Mattin, Martyn and others.

First found in Leicestershire, where the Martin family held a family seat from very early times. The family was granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martin 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 Martin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 349 words (25 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Martin 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.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Martin or a variant listed above were:

Martin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Martin, who came to Virginia in 1606
  • Christopher Martin and his wife Mary, who arrived in America on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • Christopher Martin, who settled in Plymouth in 1620
  • Giles Martin, aged 23, who arrived in New England in 1623
  • Simon Martin, who immigrated to St Christopher in 1633


Martin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Martin, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Martin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Martin, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Barbara Martin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Andrew Martin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Martin, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • August, Edmond and Belfort Saint Martin, who came to New Orleans in 1820


Martin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Bernard Martin, who landed in Acadia in 1636
  • Pierre Martin, who married Catherine Vigneau in 1630 and sailed with her from Touraine to Acadia in 1636

Martin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Christian Martin, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Thomas Martin, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • Johanna Martin, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • William Martin, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Jane Martin, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833


Martin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Martin, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Daniel Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Martin, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Martin, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


Martin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Albin Martin landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mrs Hannah Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Hugh Martin landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Martin landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


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  • William E. "Bill" Martin (d. 2016), American musician, songwriter, screenwriter, comedic and voice actor
  • Riley Lee Martin (1946-2015), American self-described alien contactee, radio host and author of the book The Cuming of Tan, which describes his life and his alleged alien abduction
  • Mr. Charles D. Martin (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Slater Nelson "Dugie" Martin Jr. (1925-2012), American Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Tony Martin (1913-2012), born Alvin Morris, American actor and singer, husband of Cyd Charisse
  • MaryLou Ducey Martin, American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 2001
  • John St. Martin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948
  • Louis St. Martin (1820-1893), American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1840, 1846-50; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1851-53, 1885-87
  • Dean Martin (1917-1995), born Dino Paul Crocetti, American singer, film actor, television star and comedian
  • Valerie Martin (b. 1948), American novelist and short story writer and winner of the prestigious Orange Prize

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  • Adam Martin (1755-1835) and Thomas Roy Musick (1757-1842), St. Louis County, Missouri, Pioneers by Michal Martin Farmer.
  • Colonial Pioneers: Martin and Bell Families and their Kin by Mary Coates Martin.
  • Deacon John Burnham of Ipswich and Ebenezeer Martin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts by Elisabeth Puckett Martin.
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  1. 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.
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  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Martin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martin 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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