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Martin Name Meaning
English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish (Martín), Italian (Venice), etc.: from a personal name (Latin Martinus, a derivative of Mars, genitive Martis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name may derive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’). This was borne by a famous 4th-century saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently became extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. As a North American surname, this form has absorbed many cognates from other European forms.English: habitational name from any of several places so called, principally in Hampshire, Lincolnshire, and Worcestershire, named in Old English as ‘settlement by a lake’ (from mere or mær ‘pool’, ‘lake’ + tun ‘settlement’) or as ‘settlement by a boundary’ (from (ge)mære ‘boundary’ + tun ‘settlement’). The place name has been charged from Marton under the influence of the personal name Martin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Martin Families

  • Number of Martin families
     3,417 - 6,832
     1,140 - 3,416
     1 - 1,139
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Martin families
     5,612 - 11,222
     1,871 - 5,611
     1 - 1,870
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Martin families
     2,097 - 4,192
     700 - 2,096
     1 - 699
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Martin Family Origin

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Martin Immigration Information

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Martin Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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