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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

Similar surnames: Marton, Marin, Marvin, Martins, Marti, Marcin, Martina, Martie, Main

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Where is the Martin family from?

You can see how Martin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Martin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Martin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7,806 Martin families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Martin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Martin families in 1911.
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What did your Martin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Martin. 25% of Martin men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Martin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Martin were Laborer and Clerk.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Cultivateur
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 764,000 military records available for the last name Martin. For the veterans among your Martin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Martin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Martin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Martin in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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