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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.

Martin Early Origins



The surname Martin 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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Martin Spelling Variations


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Martin Spelling Variations



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.

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Martin Early History


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Martin Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Martin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Martin 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 Martin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martin In Ireland


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Martin In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 18th Century

  • Mr. Adam Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Amos Martin Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Andrew Martin U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Martin U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johanna Martin, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • William Martin, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Jane Martin, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Martin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Martin (post 1700)



  • Boyce Ficklen Martin Jr. (1935-2016), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1996-2003)
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Martin Historic Events


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Martin Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Thomas L Martin (b. 1962), American Private from Louisville, Kentucky, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Emma Martin (1861-1914), née Payne Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Basil  Martin, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Leslie Frank Martin (1921-1941), Australian Steward from Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leslie James Frederick Martin (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Clyde, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. James Hearle Martin (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Prospect, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Alan Douglas Martin (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Murray Bridge, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William R Martin (b. 1915), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas G Martin (b. 1914), Welsh Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John W Martin (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Martin, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick J Martin, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Francis John Martin, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Martin (b. 1917), British, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edgar Martin, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Noel George Martin (1961-1988), Jamaican Passenger from Clapton, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Albert Martin, English Leading Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Miss Ruby Martin, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles D. Martin, American 2nd Class passenger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Laura Martin, English 3rd Class passenger from Nottinghamshire, England returning home after her husband died, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Margaret Edwina "Mabel" Martin, aged 20, English Cashier from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 6
  • Mrs. Annie Martin, aged 33, English Stewardess from Portsmouth, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11
  • Mr. F. Martin, aged 29, English Scullion from Fareham, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13

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Suggested Readings for the name Martin


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Suggested Readings for the name Martin



  • 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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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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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