The surname Martinilli 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 Martinilli family
The surname Martinilli 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.
Martinilli Spelling Variations
Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local
spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Martinilli. These spelling variations
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 Martinilli 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... Another 279 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martinilli Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Martinilli family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Martinilli: Erno Martino, who arrived in Georgia in 1733; Disloza Martino, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Messino, Italy, in 1893; Donato Martino, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Italy, in 1892.