Saturday, December 6, 2014

Surname Saturday: Martin

My 10th great grand-aunt was Margery Mildenhall (1655-1742). She married Thomas Martin (1650-1714) in England and they moved to America with their 4 daughters along with some of Margery's siblings.

Thomas was born in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, so obviously his name originates in England (as far as I can trace back). 


The surname Martin is VERY popular in the United States. 

Wikipedia: (what this site states about the Martin surname in England):

"Before the Normans arrived in England in the 11th century, Martin was almost nonexistent in England, except for in Cornwall where the Celtic derived Martyn was common. When the Normans arrived, the noblemen, knights and traders from the continent, that settled there brought the first name "Martin" with them, which was however a rare given name in France at the time. When the Normans married into Anglo-Saxon families, usually they would adopt the nickname or the village name, because most nobility were men. Also, French names would be Anglicized and Anglo-Saxon names would be made more French-like, but only in spelling. The surname "Martin" became common in Kent and Sussex, and also in Ireland and Scotland due to the Norman invasion of Ireland. "

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Derived from the Latin Name: Martinus, which is a derivative of Mars, who was the Roman god of fertility and war.

Spelling Variations:
Matin, Mattin, Martyn (Martin Family History):

French: Martineau
Italian: Martinelli, Martinetti
English: Martin 

English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Italian

When you type in Martin as a surname into the search engine, it comes up with: Too Many Results- 82,422-- obviously A LOT of Martins! 

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