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Where did the French Martini family come from? What is the French Martini family crest and coat of arms? When did the Martini family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Martini family history?

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


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Martini, some of which 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.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has held a family seat since early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martini research. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1139, 1204, 1358, 1419, 1562, 1576, and 1593 are included under the topic Early Martini History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martini Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Martini has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Martini were

Martini Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Theodor Martini, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Justus Carl Wil Martini, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Ernst Martini, who landed in America in 1780

Martini Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M G S Martini, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Jo Martini, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Albert Martini, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Heinrich Martini, who arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1851
  • Louis Martini, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1851

Martini Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agostino Martini, aged 23, who landed in America from Serugia, Italy, in 1905
  • Adriano Martini, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Hevano, Italy, in 1911
  • Abramo Martini, aged 17, who landed in America from Riese, Italy, in 1913
  • Achille Martini, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Cavagnolo, Italy, in 1913
  • Ada Martini, aged 26, who landed in America from Firenze, Italy, in 1915


  • William J. Martini (b. 1947), U.S. District Court Judge
  • Steve Martini (b. 1946), American legal suspense writer
  • Max Martini (b. 1969), American actor
  • Orestes de Martini (b. 1874), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Trieste, 1907-14
  • Joachim Carlos Martini (1931-2015), Chilean-born German conductor
  • Carlo Maria Martini SJ (1927-2012), Italian cardinal of the Catholic Church, Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002
  • Martino Martini (1614-1661), Italian Jesuit missionary and cartographer of China
  • Jean Paul Egide Martini (1741-1816), Franco-German composer
  • Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784), Italian musician
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Martini (1729-1780), German physician



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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The Martini Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martini Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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