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Martin is a common first and last name in European languages, and might be derived from the Roman god Mars. 

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Mary Peer My Grandmother, Birdie Etta Martin(Peer), on her family side settled in a small town called Woodburn, Iowa from Missouri. I been trying to find current
Martin family relatives that are connected somehow to this Martin family I'm
referring to. These are the names of her father's parents, Marion Thompson Martin and Hannah Josephine Stout. My grandmother father's name is Russia Ferguson Martin. I believe her brothers settled in Colorado and Montana. Though there was one other relative who had came to settle in
the state of Wyoming sometime around, I believe, the 1900's? Apparently a well known cowboy in his time. I know all of my Grandmother's family and relatives are no longer around. But I thought I see if there might be maybe just a few who might be around. Would love to connect with actual Martin relatives if all possible. Thank you. Anyone needing more information or have some questions, please let me know. Thank you for reading.
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Randi Uhler My great-great grandmother was Mary Martin, daughter of John H. Martin and Elisabeth Bishop, of Middlesex and Morris Counties in New Jersey. I know some of the children went west, but there was a large family in these counties and in Wantage Township, Sussex County, NJ. There is a very old book on Martin Ancestry at "The Open Library" website: [external link] Good Hunting!
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Mandy Shannon My name is Mandy (Martin) Wenzler, my grandparents were Henry Powell Martin, Jr., and Bernice Lee (Raines) (Wilson) Martin. 1970's they moved to Walls, MS in Desoto County, MS. My grandfather had been married to Vera Burchett prior to my grandparents marriage and had five children (Marilyn, Sharon, Henry, Bobby, and Mickey). My grandmother was married to Jewel Wilson and had three children (Conley, Carol, and Diane). My grandparents had two children (Freddie and Lynn). My grandfather worked for Illinois Central Railroad and my grandmother was retired. My grandmothers mom's name was Ida Mae (O'Neil, Raines) Youngblood, at the time of her death and she had three siblings Ernistine Embry Baker, Bill Young blood, and Jimmy Young blood. My grandfather had a brother David and a sister Ellen. He also had a older brother or uncle named Rufus all from Memphis, TN. Any info. Would be greatly appreciated.
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Martin Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

Ireland & Irish In England, Martin is a variation on Marton which was given to people who settled in areas with a geographic boundary.  In France, Martin is one of the common French surnames and is attributed to Saint Martin of Tours.

Martin Meaning & Etymology

It derives from "Mars", the god of fertility and war, although it is claimed that "Mars" itself may derive ultimately from the word "mar", meaning "to gleam". The original given name has been used in every state in Europe since the 12th century crusades to free the Holy Land from the Moslems. Read more: [external link]#ixzz3hJcQvfao

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Most Common Martin First Names

According to our database of 463,905 people with the last name Martin that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • John 3.1%
  • William 2.8%
  • James 2.6%
  • Mary 2.0%
  • Robert 1.7%
  • Charles 1.5%
  • George 1.4%
  • Joseph 1.3%
  • Thomas 1.2%
  • Jean 1.0%
  • Marie 0.8%
  • Edward 0.8%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • David 0.6%
  • Elizabeth 0.6%
  • Mathurin 0.6%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Martin 0.6%
  • Louis 0.5%
  • Paul 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Michael 0.5%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Walter 0.5%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • Pierre 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Catherine 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Claude 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Annie 0.3%
  • Samuel 0.3%
  • Alice 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Willie 0.3%
  • Clarence 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Florence 0.3%
  • Francis 0.3%
  • Sarah 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%

Martin Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

There are many patronymic forms such as Martinez (Spanish) or Martenssen (Swedish), and diminutives such as Martineau (France) and Martinelli (Italian). Curiously the Polish spellings of Marcinkowski and Marciszewski are locational, originating from a town called Martin, as is the Czech Martinovsky. Examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic registers of the period include John Martin of Plymouth, England, who was navigator to Sir Francis Drake, on his first "Round the World" voyage of 1577, whilst Christopher Martin was a member of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620. Suarez Martinez was christened at Asuncion, Mexico, on October 2md 1774, whilst Jack Martinet was registered at Berkeley, California on September 27th 1909, and Jeffrey Lynn Martineau at Los Angelos on April 10th 1948. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Martin, which was dated 1166, in the charters of the county of Northampton, England, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. Read more: [external link]#ixzz3hJdRfAU2

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