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Martens Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from Marten. English: variant of Martins.

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

Similar surnames: Mertens, Maertens, Martins, Martensen, Harten, Carstens, Marten

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Where is the Martens family from?

You can see how Martens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Martens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Martens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Martens families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Martens's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Martens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Martens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Martens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Martens. 23% of Martens men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Martens women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Martens were Clerk and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Martens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Martens census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Martens. 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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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Martens. For the veterans among your Martens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Martens lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Martens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Martens in 1947 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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