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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.

The earliest occurrence of the Martin surname in our family history documents is from 1421, and we currently have 5,441,668 records where Martin appears.

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