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Origins of the Martin surname

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What does the name Martin mean?

The Martin surname is common worldwide, particularly in Europe (it is the most common last name in France and one of the most common in Spain). The name, mostly has a patronymic root. It is given to those who are the son or descendant of somebody with the name Martin. In England the surname Martin can also be seen as a geographic name, denoting someone who originates from one of the number of places called Merton. Martin, being a Latin given name, appears very rarely before the Norman conquest.

Alternative variations of the name Martin

Martin, Marten, Martins, Martyn, Matin

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Where do most Martins live?

In 1921, most Martins lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Martins

How common is your surname?

26th most common surname in the UK

We have 732,000 records for the Martin surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Martins most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Martin first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Martins

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Martins in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Martins in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner




Farm Labourer


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