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Martel Name Meaning

English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta. English and French: metonymic occupational name for a smith or a nickname for a forceful person, from Old French martel ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus). Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, gained his byname from the force with which he struck down his enemies in battle. Spanish and Portuguese: from Portuguese martelo, Old Spanish martel ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus), or an Iberianized form of the Italian cognate Martello.

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

Similar surnames: Martell, Marvel, Mantel, Marte, Hartel, Markel, Bartel, Martello

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Where is the Martel family from?

You can see how Martel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Martel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Martel families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 7 Martel families living in Louisiana. This was about 78% of all the recorded Martel's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Martel families in 1840.
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What did your Martel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Martel. 17% of Martel men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Martel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Martel were Machinist and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Martel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Martel. For the veterans among your Martel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Martel lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Martel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Martel in 1945 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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