Gender: Male Meaning of Martin: "warlike" Origin of Martin: Latin Martin's Popularity in 2019: #281

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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Rank in US: #281

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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!