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Quick Facts on Martin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 263
Simple meaning:
Mars, Roman god of war

Characteristics of Martin

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Martin

Martin is the anglicized form of the Latin “Martinus” which comes from Mars, the Roman god of war and one of the most prominent of all gods in Roman mythology. The name Martin became very popular in medieval times due to the growing cult and fame of the 4th century St. Martin of Tours. The son of a Roman soldier and pagan worshipper, Martin was duty-bound to join the military at the age of 15. By this time, he was drawn to Christianity which was still not accepted within the Roman Empire. He is mainly remembered for having cut his coat in two and humbly giving one half to a poor beggar. It is said that Martin later dreamed of Jesus wearing half his coat and saying to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier; …he has clad me." This story was very popular in the Middle Ages as an example of Christian piety. Five popes have been named Martin and scores of Catholic saints. Let us not forget the 16th century German theologian Martin Luther who instigated the Protestant Reformation with his radical idea that salvation was a free gift from God (rather than rewarded through good deeds). All one needed was faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer of sin. This didn’t sit well with the Catholic Church since they were deep into the practice of accepting money in return for giving absolution from sin. When Luther confronted the Church, they excommunicated him. Lastly, Martin Luther King, Jr. is another example of good Christian values in action and at their core. MLK famously lead the American Civil Rights Movement and altered the landscape of American history forever. His powerful, non-violent approach reshaped race-relations in the United States. For a name that doesn’t come to us directly from the Bible, Martin is loaded with religiosity rather than war and battle as the Roman god Mars represented. Martin is a name that’s been in constant use among English-speakers since the Middle Ages.

Popularity of the Name Martin

Martin is one of those names that has experienced consistently high usage in America but you would hardly know it. The name was a Top 100 favorite from the years 1880 to 1970 – that’s 90 straight years without missing a beat. While not as popular as names like William, Michael or David, Martin has been quietly bestowed on more boys than you would have guessed over the decades. However, as we’ve entered the 21st century in the past several years, Martin has been showing more serious signs of decline. Today, it’s ranked a modest #258 on the charts (2010). Martin is a timeless classic with a modern-day feel. There is a simplicity and gentleness to the name that should appeal to the no-frills parent. It’s a modest, straight-forward name. You simply can’t go wrong with a name like Martin. He’s cute, he’s smart, he’s principled, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind (it’s for this reason that we love Martin is a #3 in numerology). And what was once a relatively common name is now becoming more original and unique.
Popularity of the Boy Name Martin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Martin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Martin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Martin

    Martin Chuzzlewit (Martin Chuzzlewit) Martin Chuzzlewit is the title character in Charles Dickens’ sixth novel, “The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit”, originally serialized between 1843 and 1844. It was Dickens’ own avowed favorite of his books, although its reception by the public was a little less than satisfying. Disinherited by his tyrannical grandfather, Martin the First, young Martin is forced to seek menial labor to make his way in the world and, he hopes, win the love of Mary, the indentured caretaker of his grandfather. In the course of his adventures, this rather clueless young man makes his way to the United States in the company of the benevolent Mark Tapley, and encounters many eye-opening situations there (not the least of which is Dickens’ opportunity to skewer Americans). Dickens’ stated purpose in the novel was to exhibit the awful consequences of human selfishness, and so he does, but not without also showing the redemptive consequences of true human interaction, caring and devotion. The final outcome of all the labyrinthian mazes of the plot is the triumph of goodness over evil (however petty) – the final chapters provide us with a sense of having come out of a bad nightmare into a wonderful, waking dream, and dear Martin is at its forefront.

  • Popular Songs on Martin

    Popular Songs on Martin

    Abraham, Martin and John - a song by Emmylou Harris

    Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Smokey Robinson

    Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Martin - a song by Snuff

    Martin's Pretty Girls - a song by The Huntingtons

    Martin's Song - a song by the Jayhawks

    Martin, Doom! It's Seven O’clock - a song by The Boo Radleys

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Martin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Martin

    Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! (Jessica Scott Kerrin) - Martin Bridge usually has a scheme or project under way. In the three school and home stories presented in this beginning chapter book, he sees how a happy surprise intended for one person makes a positive difference for another, figures out what to say to a little girl whose hamster has died, and suffers the consequences of jealousy. Through it all, his parents provide thoughtful guidance. The everyday worlds of school, home, and clubs offer Martin Bridge several opportunities for growth, and his responses are on target for a third grader. Kerrin relates the episodes in a straightforward way that incorporates rich language. Kelly's full-page illustrations and spot art follow the narrative closely enough to support the newly independent readers for whom this book is written. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World (Paul L. Maier) - A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist! Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today. Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Doreen Rappaport) - In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders. From King's youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to "get big words, too," to his death at a garbage workers' strike ("On his second day there, he was shot. He died."), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence. Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and collage illustrations, balancing glorious recreations of stained glass windows with some of the more somber images of peace marchers and the famous bus that pitched Rosa Parks into the civil rights movement. A brief chronology and bibliography provide additional resources for readers. Here is an exquisite tribute to a world hero. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Martin's Mice (Dick King-Smith) - Martin is a farm kitten who likes mice, but not for dinner. Martin likes mice as pets. He catches a pregnant female, Drusilla, and keeps her in a discarded bathtub. As Martin grows up he learns about friendship, loyalty and responsibility; he is shattered when Drusilla escapes at the first opportunity. But not until he, too, is taken from his outdoor life and imprisoned as a pet in a luxurious apartment does Martin perceive the true meaning of freedom. King-Smith adds another winner to his distinguished body of work. The creatures that inhabit his rural universe, intent on their day-to-day lives (but occasionally aspiring to greatness), are sharply and believably characterized; the story is fast-paced and gripping. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    The Last Martin (Jonathan Friesen) - The revelation that every time a new Martin is born into his family another one kicks the bucket stuns, bums and ultimately lights a rocket under 13-year-old Martin Boyle. Friesen presents his earnest narrator as a lad sounder the influence of his fanatically safety-conscious mother that he flies into a panic at any encounter with nature ('They're only trees. They're only ugly trees. They're only ugly, boy-hating trees. They're only ugly, boy-hating, hungry---') and wears a portable air bag on the school bus. The discovery of matching birth and death dates for all the Martins in the Boyle family cemetery sends Martin into a tailspin, but with help from a sturdy supporting cast he pulls out and firmly resolves to grab life with both hands while finding a way to break the 'curse,' if he can, in the few months remaining to him until his Aunt Jenny's due date. These helpers notably include Poole, a young vagrant with a relentlessly sunny outlook, and classmate Julia, to whom Martin fears to speak until she takes his developing story about the adventures of a White Knight and his Lady Love and creates gorgeous illustrations. Spiced with plenty of slapstick, the yarn speeds its protagonist through a succession of highs, lows and improbable triumphs on the way to a hilariously melodramatic finish. Recommended for ages 11-13.

  • Famous People Named Martin

    Famous People Named Martin

    Famous People Named Martin - Martin Luther King Jr., (Nobel Prize Winner, Peace); Martin Luther (religious reformer); Martin Van Buren (U.S. President); Martin Brodeur (hockey player); Martin Dihigo (baseball player); Martin Lawrence (actor); Martin Scorsese (film director); Martin Sheen (actor); Martin Short (actor/comic); Martin St. Louis (hockey player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Martin

    Children of Famous People Named Martin

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Martin - Martin Luther King Jr., (Nobel Prize Winner, Peace); Martin Luther (religious reformer); Martin Van Buren (U.S. President)

Personality of the Boy Name Martin

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Martin

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