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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Typical jobs for Martins
Hard-working people, the Martins. 4297 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Martins lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Martin in London.
Martins’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Martins were angels, apparently. We found 5515 in criminal records.
Martins in World War I
According to the World War I records, 6239 Martins served in the First World War.