MARTINEZ Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Martinez Mean?

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Martinez is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Martin." Martin comes from the Latin "Martinus," a derivative of "Mars," the Roman god of fertility and war.

Surname Origin:  Spanish

Alternate Surname Spellings:  MARTINES, MARTINS, MARTINSON; see also MARTIN

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Famous People with the Surname MARTINEZ

Where is the MARTINEZ Surname Most Common?

The Martinez surname is the 74th most common surname in the world, according to surname distribution information from Forebears, and is among the top 10 surnames in Honduras (#1); Nicaragua and El Salvador(#2); the Dominican Republic and Paraguay (#3); Mexico (#4); Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba and Panama (#6), and Argentina and Belize (#8). This means that tracing a family's possible origin based on the surname is of little use.

According to WorldNames PublicProfiler the Martinez surname is fairly prevalent throughout Spain, but is especially common in the Murcia region, followed by La Rioja, Communidad Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha, Asturias, Navarra, Galicia and Cantabria.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname MARTINEZ

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Martinez Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Martinez family crest or coat of arms for the Martinez surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Martinez DNA Project
The Martinez DNA Project is open to any male with the Martinez surname or its variant from anywhere in the world.

MARTINEZ Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Martinez ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Martinez ancestors, or join the forum and post your own queries. 

FamilySearch - MARTINEZ Genealogy
Explore over 11 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Martinez surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

MARTINEZ Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Martinez surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Martinez Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Martinez surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Martinez Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Martinez surname from the website of Genealogy Today. Martinez Surname
Explore over 14 million digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Martinez surname on the subscription-based website,

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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