Martin Origin and Meaning

The name Martin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "warlike".

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.

Two books with eponymous Martin titles are Martin Chuzzlewit by Dickens and Martin Eden by Jack London.

Martin also is enjoying popularity in countries such as Chile, Spain and Austria.

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

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Famous People Named Martin

  • Saint MartinBishop of Tours, France
  • Martin LutherProtestant German reformer
  • Martin Van Buren8th U.S. president
  • Martin Luther King Jr.American civil rights campaigner
  • Martin FreemanEnglish actor
  • Martin Fitzgerald LawrenceAmerican comedic actor
  • Martin Charles ScorseseAmerican film director
  • Martin Hayter ShortCanadian actor
  • Martin John Christopher FreemanEnglish actor
  • Martin KleinAmerican science historian
  • Martin William KrattAmerican educational nature show host
  • Martin Dale Chambersdrummer in rock band The Pretenders
  • Martin James AldridgeEnglish professional footballer
  • Martin StarrAmerican actor
  • Martin Lewis PerlAmerican physicist and Nobel prize winner
  • Martin RinkartGerman hymnist
  • Martin John ReesBritish cosmologist and astrophysicist
  • Martin James LandauAmerican film & television actor
  • Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez)American actor
  • Martin Garrix (born Martijn Garritsen)Dutch EDM Producer
  • (Alexander) Martin ClunesEnglish actor
  • Martin Aronow (b. 2014)son of American actress Leelee Sobieski
  • Arnold Martin "Arnie" Kavalee (b.2017)son of Tiffiny Hall & Ed Kavalee
  • Martin Kahane (b. 1932) born Martin Kahane before changing his first name to Meirfamously known as
  • Rabbi Meir Kahane
  • Martin E. Marty (b. 1928) American Lutheran religious Scholar
  • Martin JonesCanadian hockey player for the NHL
  • Martin Goresongwriter for pop band Depeche Mode
  • Martin Allen (b. 1964)15 year old British boy who went and still is currently missing from the London Piccadilly area in 1979

Martin in Pop Culture

  • Martin Cranecharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • Martin ChuzzlewitCharles Dickens novel
  • Martin Bohmcharacter on TV's "Touch"
  • Martin Mysteryanimated television show
  • Martin Krattcharacter in children's TV show "Wild Kratts"
  • Martin Q. Blankcharacter in movie "Grosse Pointe Blank"
  • Martin Moonemain character in "Moone Boy"
  • Martin Crieffpilot on BBC radio series "Cabin Pressure"
  • Martin "Marty" or "Deeks" Deekscharacter on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • Martin the Warriormouse character in Brian Jacques' "Redwall" series
  • Martin Septimcharacter in the game "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion"
  • Dr. Martin Stein aka Firestormcharacter on TV's "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow"
  • Martin Sollowaycharacter on TV's "The Affair"
  • Martin "Marty" Pauleycharacter in "The Searchers"
  • Martin "Martyn" Taylorcharacter in "After the Hole" and "The Hole"
  • Martin Jonescharacter in "Too Old To Die Young"
  • Martin Archimbaudcharacter in the game "Outlast"
  • Martin Riggscharacter in "Lethal Weapon"
  • Dr Martin Ellinghammain character in "Doc Martin"
  • Martin Heisscharacter portrayed by Bill Murray in the 2016 "Ghostbusters" Film
  • Martin Princenerdy character on "The Simpsons"
  • Martin Paynemain character on the FOX 5 sitcom "Martin" played by Martin Lawrence
  • Martin Blackwoodcharacter on "The Magnus Archives"
  • The purple martin (Progne subis) is the largest swallow in North America
  • Martin Cunninghamcharacter in James Joyce's "Dubliners" and "Ulysses"
  • Martin Whitlycharacter on the show "Prodigal Son"

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