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Gender: M Meaning of Martin: "warlike" Origin of Martin: Latin Martin's Popularity in 2013: #263

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Martin is one of those names like Arthur and Vincent and George that is in the process of throwing off its balding middle-aged image to start sounding possible again, used in full without the dated Marty nickname.

Notable Martins are too numerous to mention as the name has been so well used throughout time and in so many countries. Martin became part of the basic European stock of names largely due to the popularity of the fourth century St. Martin of Tours. Also influential were the German founder of Protestantism Martin Luther and civil rights leader Martin Luther King (originally born Michael and renamed in honor of Martin Luther), eighth President Martin Van Buren, and influential philosophers Heidegger and Buber.

More current Martins include actors Sheen and Short, writer Amis, and director Scorsese. Martin Chuzzlewit by Dickens and Martin Eden by Jack London.

Martin is enjoying popularity in several far-flung countries--it's Number 21 in Spain and Number 89 in Ireland.

Yes, a Martin revival appears to be right around the corner--if only we can think of a new nickame.

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Famous People Named Martin

Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights campaigner
Martin Luther, German religious reformer
Martin Lawrence, American comedic actor
Martin Scorsese, American film director
Martin Sheen, American actor
Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States
Martin Short, Canadian actor
Martin Freeman, English actor
Martin Clunes, English actor
Martin Klein, American science historian
Martin Kratt, American educational nature show host
Martin Chambers, drummer in rock band The Pretenders
Martin James Aldridge, English professional footballer
Martin Starr, American actor
Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Martin Rees, British cosmologist and astrophysicist
Martijn Garritsen "Martin Garrix", Dutch EDM Producer
Martin Landau, American film & television actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Martin

Martin Crane, Frasier and Niles' dad on US show 'Frasier'
Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens novel
Martin Bohm, a character on the American tv show "Touch"
Martin Mystery, animated television show
Martin Q. Blank, from movie "Grosse Pointe Blank"
Martin Moone, protagonist of the series Moone Boy
Martin Crieff, pilot on BBC radio series 'Cabin Pressure'