Martinez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Martinez is a Spanish patronymic surname, an early form of hereditary surnames which were derived from the father's given name. Martinez comes from the personal name Martin, which is itself derived from the Latin Martinus, whose root is Mars, the name of the Roman god of fertility and war. The name Martinez became popular throughout Christian Europe after it was borne by the 4th century saint Martin of Tours.

Early Origins of the Martinez family

The surname Martinez was first found in Old Castile, in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Early History of the Martinez family

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Martinez Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Martínez, Martinez, Martíniz, Martiniz, Martin, Martins, Martín, Marcial and many more.

Early Notables of the Martinez family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Pedro Martínez de Fita and Petro Martínez de la Font, twelfth century Castilian noblemen, García Martínez de Gordaliza, Ferran Martínez de Petrosa and Sancho Martínez de Leiva, thirteenth century noblemen, Ferrán Martínez, author of the "Libro del cavallero Zifar" (c.1300), Alfonso Martínez de Toledo, Archpriest of Talavera and author of...
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Martinez World Ranking

In the United States, the name Martinez is the 19th most popular surname with an estimated 581,958 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Martinez is ranked the 844th most popular surname with an estimated 6,339 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Martinez is the 839th popular surname. [3] France ranks Martinez as 30th with 49,762 people. [4] South America ranks Martinez as 6th with 346 people. [5]


United States Martinez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Martinez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan Martínez de Ampués, who became governor of Santo Domingo and founded the first Spanish city in Venezuela, Coro (1527). He later became governor of Curaçao
  • Isabel Martínez, who immigrated to Peru in 1560
  • Martín Martínez, to Florida in 1563
  • Alonso Martínez, to Hispaniola in 1565 with his wife Melchora and son Bartolomé
  • Francisco Martínez, to Venezuela in 1565
Martinez Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francisco Martínez, to Puerto Rico in 1656
Martinez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alvaro Martinez, who landed in America in 1812 [6]
  • Beatriz Martinez, who landed in America in 1812 [6]
  • Diego Martinez, who landed in America in 1812 [6]
  • Bartolome Martinez, who landed in America in 1814 [6]
  • Bernal Martinez, who landed in America in 1815 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Martinez migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Martinez Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Leonor Martínez, to Cuba in 1560
Martinez Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Anton Martinez, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1834 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Martinez (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez (1925-2021), American feminist and a long-time community organizer, activist, author, and educator
  • Juan Máximo Martínez (1947-2021), Mexican long-distance runner who won the gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres at the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games
  • Philip Ray Martinez (1957-2021), American jurist, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Mario Alvarez Martinez (1957-2018), American multiple medal winning Olympic weightlifter for the United States
  • Alberto Martinez Piedra (b. 1926), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Guatemala (1984-1987)
  • Matthew Gilbert Martinez (b. 1929), American politician, former U.S. Representative from California
  • Robert Martinez (b. 1934), American politician, 40th Governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991
  • Víctor Jesús Martínez (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball switch-hitting catcher and first baseman
  • Private Joe P. Martinez (1920-1943), U.S. Army soldier during World War II awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Dennis Martínez Martinez (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

SS Alcoa Puritan
  • F.W. Martinez, American Messman from New York City, New York, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)


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