The surname Martinho is a Spanish patronymic
surname, an early form of hereditary surnames
which were derived from the father's given name. Martinho 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 Martinho became popular throughout Christian Europe after it was borne by the 4th century saint Martin of Tours.
Early Origins of the Martinho family
The surname Martinho was first found in Old Castile
, in the heart of Spain
, where the name originated in Visigothic
Early History of the Martinho family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martinho research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1136, 1300, 1438, 1638 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Martinho History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Martinho Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Martínez, Martinez, Martíniz, Martiniz, Martin, Martins, Martín, Marcial and many more.
Early Notables of the Martinho 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... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martinho Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Martinho family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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 Curaç.