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The French duchy of Gascogne was the home of the family who first used the name Marty. 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.

Early Origins of the Marty family

The surname Marty 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.

Another source claims the name is from St. martin in Normandy. "This family descends from Walter, Lord of St. Martin, who about 980 married a niece of Duchess Gunnora. William his son was father of Roger, Lord of Mortemer, and of Ralph, Sire de Garenne, and of the Sire de St. Martin, from whom came the family of St. Martin in Normandy and England." [1]

Abraham Martin was born in France in 1589 and died in Quebec on 8th September 1664. He arrived in New France, along with his wife and daughter, on the boat "Le Sallemande" on 30th August 1620. Abraham received a plot of land that eventually became the location of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, fought between James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. This land is still known as "Les Plaines d'Abraham", or in English, "The Plains of Abraham". [2]

Early History of the Marty family

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Marty Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Marty, including 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.

Early Notables of the Marty family (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...
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Marty Ranking

In the United States, the name Marty is the 5,189th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Marty is ranked the 149th most popular surname with an estimated 21,008 people with that name. [4]

United States Marty migration to the United States +

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Marty has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Marty were

Marty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ells Marty, aged 60, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [5]
Marty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luisa Marty, aged 55, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836 [5]
  • Sebastian Marty, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 [5]
  • John Marty, aged 25, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [5]
  • Thomas Marty, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Martin Marty, who landed in Indiana in 1860 [5]
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Marty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Juan Llorca Marty, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1900 [5]
  • Antonio Llorca Marty, aged 28, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1902 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Marty (post 1700) +

  • John J. Marty (b. 1956), American politician, Member of the Minnesota Senate (1987-)
  • Martin Emil Marty (b. 1928), American Lutheran religious scholar, past President of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the American Catholic Historical Association
  • Jean-Claude Marty (1943-2023), French rugby league player who played as a winger for the France National Team (1965-1974)
  • Gabriel Auguste François Marty (1904-1994), French Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris
  • André Marty (1886-1956), French politician, a leading figure in the French Communist Party (PCF) for nearly thirty years
  • André Édouard " A. É." Marty (1882-1974), French Parisian artist who worked mainly in the classic Art Deco style
  • David Marty (b. 1982), French rugby union footballer
  • Dick Marty (b. 1945), Swiss politician and former state prosecutor of the canton of Ticino, member of the Swiss Council of States (since 1995), and is a former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Captain (USN, Ret.) Walter Marty Schirra Jr. (1923-2007), American astronaut, one of the original Mercury 7 and the only person to fly in all of America's first three space programs (Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo) [6]
  • Marty Sammon (1977-2022), American blues keyboardist from Chicago, Illinois who appeared on several Grammy Award winning albums

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  5. 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)
  6. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Walter Schirra. Retrieved from on Facebook