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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.

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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] 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]

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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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 18th Century


  • Mr. Adam Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Amos Martin Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Andrew Martin U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. James Martin U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. John Martin U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784


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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  10. 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.
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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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