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

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.


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.

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.


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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, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Peter Martino, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • Jose Antonio Martino, aged 21, landed in Puerto Rico in 1861
  • Modesto Martino, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1868
  • Rafael Martino, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1880

Martino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lewis Martino, who arrived in Texas in 1911


  • Pat Martino (b. 1944), Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer
  • 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
  • Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (b. 1932), Italian Cardinal Deacon and President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace


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  10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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The Martino Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martino 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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