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Martyn is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes 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.

Martyn Early Origins



The surname Martyn was first found in Leicestershire. However, some of the family were found in early times at Westmeston in Sussex. "The church is principally in the early English style, with a plain Norman arch between the nave and chancel; it contains a rudely-constructed circular stone font, and at the east end of the south aisle is an ancient chapel, the burial-place of the Marten family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch of the family was found at Anstey-Pastures in Leicestershire in early times. "This place, which was formerly parcel of the 'Ffrith of Leicestre,' and of the ancient duchy of Lancaster, was granted in the 27th of Elizabeth to Thomas Martyn and others, on a lease of 31 years, and after the expiration of that term was purchased, in the 4th of James I., from Robert, Earl of Salisbury, lord treasurer of England, by Robert Martyn, of Anstey, whose descendants have a seat here." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Martyn Spelling Variations


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Martyn Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Martin, Matin, Mattin, Martyn and others.

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Martyn Early History


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Martyn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Martyn research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1446, 1503, 1484, 1492, 1594, 1648, 1643, 1582, 1620, 1617, 1678, 1646, 1660, 1602, 1680, 1640, 1653, 1662, 1621, 1692 and are included under the topic Early Martyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martyn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Martyn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Martyn of Athelhampton ( c. 1446-1503), Sheriff of London in 1484 and Lord Mayor of London in 1492; Sir Richard Martin, Lord Mayor of London in 1594; Robert Martin, Esquire, who was made the Sheriff of the County of Radnour in 1648...

Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Martyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Martyn In Ireland


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Martyn In Ireland



Some of the Martyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Martyn or a variant listed above:

Martyn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joane Martyn, aged 44, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Robert Martyn, aged 44, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Patience Martyn, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Robert Martyn, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Eliza Martyn, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martyn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thoms Martyn, who landed in New York in 1709

Martyn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arend Martyn, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Guimm Martyn, aged 48, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Gun Martyn, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Lisabeth Martyn, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • M Martyn, aged 55, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martyn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Martyn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Martyn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Vivian Martyn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • William Martyn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • James Martyn, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Martyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D. W. Martyn arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Martyn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Martyn (post 1700)



  • Thomas "Tommy" Martyn (1946-2016), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Tommy Martyn (b. 1971), English former professional rugby league footballer
  • Beverley Martyn (b. 1947), singer, songwriter, and guitarist
  • Thomas Martyn (1735-1825), English botanist and Professor of Botany at Cambridge University
  • Antony Nigel Martyn (b. 1966), former English football goalkeeper
  • John Martyn (1699-1768), English botanist
  • Henry Martyn (1781-1812), English missionary
  • Brigadier Athelsan Markham Martyn (1881-1956), Australian Administrator of Camps New South Wales from 1939 to 1940
  • Adrian James Martyn (b. 1975), local historical writer in Galway, Ireland
  • Edward Martyn (1859-1923), Irish political and cultural activist and playwright
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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