Meaning and name origin
Martin \m(a)-rtin, mar-tin\ as a boy's name is pronounced MART-en, mar-TEEN. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Martin is "dedicated to Mars". The name originates with the Roman war god, Mars. Saint Martin de Porres (16th and 17th century), a man of mixed Spanish and Indian blood, is patron of work for interracial justice and harmony. Protestant reformer Martin Luther also influenced the name in the 19th century. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr; American President Martin Van Buren; film director Martin Scorsese; actors Martin Short, Martin Lawrence.
There is 1 feminine form of Martin: Martina.
Martin is a very popular first name for males (#85 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Martin for boys. Martin reached its highest rank of #48 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Martin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Martin (#262), Marty, Martell and Mart. (2014 statistics).
Martin▼ is also pronounced similarly to Merton▼, Morton▼ and Murton. Other suggested similar baby names are Bartin, Marden, Mardon, Mardyn, Marlin▼, Marvin▼ and Marwin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Martin.