Show ContentsMartino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Martino 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 Martino family

The surname Martino 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 Martino family

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Martino 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 Martino 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 Martino 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 Martino 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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Martino Ranking

In the United States, the name Martino is the 2,544th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Martino is ranked the 3,114th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Martino migration to the United States +

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

Martino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Martino, aged 25, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843 [3]
  • Peter Martino, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 [3]
  • Jose Antonio Martino, aged 21, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1861 [3]
  • Modesto Martino, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1868 [3]
  • Antonio Martino, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1880 [3]
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Martino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lewis Martino, who arrived in Texas in 1911 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Martino (post 1700) +

  • Pat Martino (1944-2021), born Patrick Carmen Azzara, an American jazz guitarist and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Donald Martino (1931-2005), Pulitzer Prize winning (1974) American composer
  • Alfred Cini "Al" Martino (1927-2009), American singer and actor perhaps best known for his role in The Godfather as singer Johnny Fontane
  • Angelina L. "Angel" Martino (b. 1967), American swimmer and captain of the 1996 U.S. Women's Olympic Swimming team
  • Charles P. De Martino, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 14th District, 1958 [4]
  • Antonio Martino (1942-2022), Italian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and Minister of Defense from 2001 to 2006, founding member of Forza Italia
  • Francesco Martino (1937-2017), Italian politician, President of Sicily from 1993 to 1995
  • Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (b. 1932), Italian Cardinal Deacon and President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
  • Edward Martino Crowley (1935-2020), American playwright, best known for his play The Boys in the Band
  • Angelo Martino Colombo (1935-2014), Italian professional footballer

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook