Martinda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Martinda is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the settlement of Martindale in the county of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The surname Martinda belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Martinda family
The surname Martinda was first found in Westmorland, (now Cumbria.) "Martindale is the name of an old Cumberland family dating back to the 14th century, and holding much property in that shire up to the 17th century and later. An ecclesiastical district in Westmorland is thus called."  The valley of Martindale lies close to Hawes Water in the Lake District of England. The valley is accessed across Deepdale Beck from Patterdale which is eight miles from Ambleside. The chapelry of Martindale has remained small over the centuries having only 198 people by the late 1800s.  Many of the family were found in Yorkshire in the 15th century. The Corpus Christi Guild (Surtees Society) listed Katerina Martyngdale in 1475 and John Markyngdale in 1476. 
Early History of the Martinda family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martinda research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1623 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Martinda History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Martinda Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Martinda has been spelled many different ways, including Martindall, Martindale, Martyndale, Martyndall, Martyndate, Martyndell, Martynelle, Martynsdale, Martindate, Martindel, Martindell, Martinelle, Martinsdale, Martyngalle, Martyngall, Martinsdall, Martingale, Martingall, Martingdale and many more.
Early Notables of the Martinda family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Martinda family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Martindas to arrive in North America: Edward and Margaret (sometimes spelled Martindell) Martindale who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682; John Martindale arrived in New York State in 1758; Thomas Martindale arrived in New York in 1820.
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- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)