Martin (name)

Martin (name)

Martin may either be a surname or given name.

Martin
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name English,
Latin
Meaning Settlement by a lake English,
Of Mars,
Warlike Latin
Other names
Related names Martyn, Marta, Martina

Martin is a common given and family name in most European languages. In some languages, and as a given name, it comes from the Latin name Martinus, which is a late derived form of the name of the Roman god Mars, the protective godhead of the Latins (and therefore the god of warring). The meaning is usually rendered in reference to the god as "of Mars", or "of war/warlike" ("martial").

It has remained a popular given name in Christian times, in honor of the Catholic saint Martin of Tours; it is also the most common French surname. One well-known Irish family are called Martyn. Along with its historic Catholic popularity, it has also been popular among Protestants due to Martin Luther. In addition, African American children are often given the name in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Additionally, many Black Americans have the name Martin as a family name.

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