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What does Martin mean?

Martin /mar-tin/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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.


Martin has 17 variants: Marinos, Mart, Martel, Martell, Marten, Martenn, Marti, Martie, Martijn, Martinien, Martino, Martinos, Martinus, Marton, Marty, Martyn and Morten.

Martin has 1 feminine form: Martina.

Kreatif forms: Martinna, Martinno, Murtin. [more]

How popular is Martin?

Martin is a very popular first name for males (#85 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#17 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Martin for boys. Martin reached its apex rank of #48 in the U.S. then, and is at #262 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Martin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Martin outside U.S.

Mart, Martell and Marty are the prominent alternative forms of Martin (#262 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4268%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1845%, down 56.8%), with the versions Martin and Marty becoming less trendy. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Martin and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Martin, Mart, Martell, Marty in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Martin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Martin is alike in pronunciation 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.