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Martineau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, French


Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Martineau is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Martineau family


The surname Martineau was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has held a family seat since early times.

Early History of the Martineau family


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Martineau Spelling Variations


There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Martigny, Martignie, Martignies, Marrtigny, Marrtignie, Marrtignies, Martigney, Martinerie, Martinière, Martinier, Martini, Martygny, Martygnie, Martygnies, Marttigny, Marttignie, Marttignies, de Martigny, du Martigny and many more.

Early Notables of the Martineau family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Martineau family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Martineau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Martineau, aged 27, who arrived in Quebec in 1656
  • Jean Martineau, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Jehan Martineau, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Martineau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Antoine Martineau who settled in Quebec in 1758

Martineau Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Martineau, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Henry Martineau, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Martineau (post 1700)


  • Alfred Albert Martineau (1857-1941), Governor-General in the French Colonial Empire
  • Jean Martineau CC , QC (1895-1985), Canadian lawyer and President of the Canada Council for the Arts
  • Eugène Martineau (1837-1880), Canadian mayor of Ottawa (1872 to 1873)
  • François Martineau (1844-1911), Canadian politician
  • Horace Robert Martineau VC (1874-1916), British recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Jérôme Martineau (1750-1809), French-Canadian businessman and politician in Lower Canada
  • Robert Martineau (1798-1870), Mayor of Birmingham, England (1846 to 1847)
  • James Martineau (1805-1900), English Unitarian theologian
  • Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), English writer

The Martineau Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sub umbra tuarum
Motto Translation: I will rest under a shadow.


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