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What does Martin mean?

Martin Pronunciation of Martin [mar-tin] 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.

Associated with: dedicated (faithful), roman, war, saint, 16th century, 17th century, justice, 19th century, king.


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

1 feminine form: Martina.

Creative forms:
(male) Maytin, Murtin, ..

(female) Marmi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Martin Kurt (M.K.), ..

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)

Martin entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #48 in the U.S. then, and is at #276 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Martin name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Mart, Martel, Martell and Marty are the prominent alternative forms of Martin (#276 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Martin was more pronounced among parents during the years 1880-1889 (average #1384) and is now significantly lower (#1655, 78.9% less usage), with versions such as Martin becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Martin, Mart, Martel, 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 names are Aarin, Barten, Bartin, Barton, Bertin, Cardin, Carlin, Carmin, Darin, Darrin, Darvin, Darwin, Earvin, Farrin, Garin, Garlin, Garmin, Garrin, Garton, Garvin, Garwin, Harbin, Hardin, Harkin, Harlin, Jarin, Jarrin, Larin, Larkin, Larrin, Machin, Malin, Mallin, Malvin, Manten (see Manton), Manton, Marcio, Marden, Mardon, Mardyn (see Marden), Marik, Marino, Mario, Marion, Marlan, Marlen, Marlin, Marlinn (see Marlon), Marmion, Marsdin, Marsten, Marston, Marven, Marvin, Marvyn, Marwin, Maslin, Matti, Mattie, Mervin, Merwin, Miltin (see Milton), Murvin, Parkin, Parton, Patin, Pattin, Tarin, Tarrin, Taytin, Varten and Warrin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Martin.

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