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Martin meaning and name origin
Martin \m(a)-rtin, mar-tin\ as a boy's name is pronounced MART-en. 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. Spanish pronunciation is mar-TEEN. Marten and Morten are Scandinavian forms; Martino and Martinus are Italian. Marti is a Swiss short form. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.; American President Martin Van Buren; film director Martin Scorsese; actors Martin Short, Martin Lawrence.Martin has 17 variant forms: Marinos, Mart, Martel, Martell, Marten, Martenn, Marti, Martie, Martijn, Martinien, Martino, Martinos, Martinus, Marton, Marty, Martyn and Morten.
For more information, see also the related name Mark. Baby names that sound like Martin are Marden, Mardyn, Mardon, Merton, Murton and Morton.
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Popularity of Martin
Martin is a very popular first name for men (#85 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).
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