Show ContentsMartinelli History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Martinelli came 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.

Early Origins of the Martinelli family

The surname Martinelli was first found in Brescia, where Theobaldo Martinengo, born in 930, was very important to the empire of Otto I. In 953 he donated 15 castles in the area to the empire, and his son Tebaldo led 12,000 men fighting against the Greeks for the empire. His son Leopardo became master of sixty castles, one of which he named Martinengo.

Early History of the Martinelli family

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Martinelli Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Martinelli include De Martini, De Martinis, De Martino, DeMartini, DeMartinis, DeMartino, Martignon, Martignone, Martignoni, Martin, Martina, Martinati, Martinato, Martinelli, Martinetti, Martini, Martinilli, Martinis, Martino, Martinoni, Martinotti, Martinuzzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Martinelli family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Simone Martini, known for his strides in the development of Italian Gothic Painting in the early 14th century. One of his well known works is The Road to Cavalry, a vivid painting with the influence of expressionism and drama from Giotto. Martini was said to be the most distinguished of Duccio's disciples. Another member of the Martinelli lineage is Guglielmo Martini, who became senator of Palermo in 1335. More famous is Francesco di Giorgio, better known as Francesco di Siena, born in 1439. He was trained as a painter, but became...
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Martinelli Ranking

In the United States, the name Martinelli is the 7,818th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Martinelli is ranked the 2,030th most popular surname with an estimated 3,082 people with that name. [2]

United States Martinelli migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Martinelli:

Martinelli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Abbondio Martinelli, aged 29, who settled in America from Mello, Italy, in 1904
  • Adamo Martinelli, aged 19, who landed in America from Riese, Italy, in 1906
  • Adelaide Martinelli, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Licciana, Italy, in 1911
  • Adelina Martinelli, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Dessietto, Italy, in 1911
  • Agnese Martinelli, aged 19, who settled in America from S. Vito, Lucca, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Martinelli (post 1700) +

  • Fred Martinelli (1929-2021), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Sheri Martinelli (1918-1996), American painter and poet
  • Elsa Martinelli (1935-2017), born Elisa Tia, an Italian actress and fashion model
  • Tommaso Martinelli (1827-1888), Italian Roman Catholic cardinal
  • Sebastiano Martinelli (1848-1918), Italian Roman Catholic cardinal
  • Marco Martinelli (b. 1965), Italian professional volleyball player
  • Luigi Martinelli (b. 1970), Italian professional footballer
  • Giuseppe Martinelli (b. 1955), Italian professional road bicycle racer
  • Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969), Italian operatic tenor
  • Francesca Martinelli (b. 1971), Italian World Championship gold medalist ski mountaineer
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