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Gender: M Meaning of Martin: "warlike" Origin of Martin: Latin Martin's Popularity in 2016: #257

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.

Famous People Named Martin

Martin Luther, Protestant German reformer
Martin Rinkart (1586-1649), German hymnist
Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. president
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights campaigner
Martin Lawrence, American comedic actor
Martin Scorsese, American film director
Martin Sheen, American actor
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
Martin Aronow (b. 2014), son of American actress Leelee Sobieski

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"