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The French duchy of Gascogne was the home of the family who first used the name Martins. The surname was derived from the patron saint Saint Martinus, a Bishop of Tours and Evangelist of la Gaule who was very popular in the Middle Ages.

Martins Early Origins



The surname Martins was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.

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Martins Spelling Variations


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Martins Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Martins is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Martin, Martine, Lamartine, Martinat, Martinaud, Martinault, Martinot, Martineau, Martinet, Martiné, Martinon, Martinesque, Martet, Marthet, Marté, Martaud, Martault, Martot, Marti, Marty, Martinenche, Martiena, Martirena, Martens, Mertens, Saint-Martin and many more.

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Martins Early History


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Martins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martins research. Another 971 words (69 lines of text) covering the years 1345, 1370, 1445, 1500, 1550, 1560, 1605, 1673, 1676, 1689, 1710, 1717, 1742, 1743, 1755, 1789, 1800, 1803, 1810, 1818, and 1820 are included under the topic Early Martins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Martins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was François Martin (1634-1706), the first Governor General of Pondicherry, Commissioner of French India (1681-1693), Governor-General of French India (1699-1706); Charles-Amador Martin, (1648-1711), Canadian clergyman, the second Canadian to be ordained a priest; Jean-Baptiste Martin, an officer and...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Martins surname were

Martins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Moses Martins, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Leah Martins, who landed in Jamaica in 1743
  • Gerhart Martins, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Martins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johanne Martins, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Frederick Martins, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836
  • Terence Martins, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Edward Martins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Elizabeth Martins, aged 9, arrived in Nebraska in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Martins, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Cornelius Martins, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • David Martins, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Gerhard Martins, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Isaac Martins, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martius Martins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Eliza Martins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Maryanne Martins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • William Martins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • James Martins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Martins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Martins (post 1700)



  • Peter Martins (b. 1946), Danish dancer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Martins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Martins 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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