Early Origins of the Martiny family
The surname Martiny was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Martineau who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Martiny family
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Martiny Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Martineau, Martinell, Martineaux, Martineu, Martinow and many more.
Early Notables of the Martiny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Martiny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Martiny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ogle Martiny, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
- Perfect Martiny, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1909
- John J. Martiny, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Martiny (post 1700)
- Philip H. Martiny (1858-1927), French-born, American sculptor, best known for his works at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building
- Daniel R. "Danny" Martiny (b. 1951), American politician and attorney from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 10