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Martel Name Meaning

French and English (Guernsey): nickname for a forceful person or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a smith from Old French martel ‘hammer’ (also recorded in late Middle English) from Late Latin martellus. The reference may be to the martel de fer the iron hammer or mace of medieval warfare as had been the case with Charles Martel the grandfather of Charlemagne who gained his byname from the force with which he struck down his enemies the Saracens in the battle of Tours (Poitiers) in 73 English (Guernsey): from the Middle English and Old French personal name Martel a pet form of Martin . German (also Märtel): from a pet form of the personal name Martin . Compare Mertel . Spanish and Portuguese: from Portuguese martelo Old Spanish martel ‘hammer’ (see also 1 above) or an Iberianized form of the Italian cognate Martello .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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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 Stenographer. .

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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
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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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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