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Gender: Male Meaning of Martin: "warlike" Origin of Martin: Latin Martin's Popularity in 2017: #281

The name Martin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "warlike". Martin is ranked #281 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

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 Martin, Bishop of Tours, France
Martin Luther, Protestant German reformer
Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. president
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights campaigner
Martin Freeman, English actor
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence, American comedic actor
Martin Charles Scorsese, American film director
Martin Hayter Short, Canadian actor
Martin John Christopher Freeman, English actor
Martin Klein, American science historian
Martin William Kratt, American educational nature show host
Martin Dale 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 Rinkart, German hymnist
Martin John Rees, British cosmologist and astrophysicist
Martin James Landau, American film & television actor
Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez), American actor
Martin Garrix (born Martijn Garritsen), Dutch EDM Producer
(Alexander) Martin Clunes, English actor
Martin Aronow (b. 2014), son of American actress Leelee Sobieski
Arnold Martin "Arnie" Kavalee (b.2017), son of Tiffiny Hall & Ed Kavalee

Pop Culture References for the name Martin

Martin Crane, character on TV's "Frasier"
Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens novel
Martin Bohm, character on TV's "Touch"
Martin Mystery, animated television show
Martin Q. Blank, character in movie "Grosse Pointe Blank"
Martin Moone, main character in "Moone Boy"
Martin Crieff, pilot on BBC radio series "Cabin Pressure"
Martin "Marty" or "Deeks" Deeks, character on TV's "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Martin the Warrior, mouse character in Brian Jacques' "Redwall" series
Martin Septim, character in the game "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion"
Dr. Martin Stein aka Firestorm, character on TV's "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow"
Martin Solloway, character on TV's "The Affair"
Martin "Marty" Pauley, character in "The Searchers"
Martin "Martyn" Taylor, character in "After the Hole" and "The Hole"
Martin Archimbaud, character in the game "Outlast"
Martin Riggs, character in "Lethal Weapon"


tk. Says:


My Martin is now 4.5 years old and people seem to love his name. We had planned to call him Mars as a nickname, but it never quite fit him, so he is Martin 99.9% of the time. Perhaps a family with a higher cool factor than ours could make use of it though. ;)

ChickenSoup Says:


Dart or Bart(or barry!) could be nicknames bec Dart rhymes with Mart (like rob and bob etc, etc.)

morning_glory Says:


I do like Martin. Mat could work as a nn - I find Marty quite feminine because of the Love Comes Softly series.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Marty is a perfect nickname! Nothing dated about it!

lesliemarion Says:


Love Martin. Mart is OK, but I also like Art and Artie as nicknames.

headintheclouds Says:


I like how Nameberry describes Martin as one of the names starting to "throw off its balding middle-aged image to start sounding possible again"- that really tickled me. I think Martin does deserve to be dusted off and given more consideration, and Martin is definitely best in its full form- I agree with Nameberry that Marty sounds extremely dated. Objectively, I think it's a nice underlooked modern-classic name, but I personally would not use it because I see "Martian" whenever Martin is spelled out!

KassemJ Says:


Wonderful name

Bobcat108 Says:


Martin may be on some parents' radar due to Martin Kratt of the Kratt Brothers.

Guest Says:


This is a strong underused classic--perfect!