Last name: Martinez

This famous name is a development of the Roman 'Martinus', a personal name derived from 'Mars", the God of war. The spelling here is Spanish, the name in England being normally Martin but also found as the Huguenot Martineau from Poitou, France. Martinez the name is recorded heraldically in Castille, Milan and Sicily. The Coat of Arms for Castille being, 'A green tree an a gold field, within a border of red with knight spurs in Gold'. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Martinez di Castille which was dated 1580, Madrid, Spain during the reign of King Philip II of Spain, 1528 - 1598 Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My great grandad changed his name from Martinez to Martinel when Musolini became in power when he moved from Spain to Italy. I have been told it is a jewish surname, if anyone has any more information on this i would be grateful

Sarah Martinez Gonzalez

Yes, Spanish/Portuguese/Sephardic but before that Visigothic (German) = means place of battle

Rebecca Martinez
Does my name have any Jewish ancestry ?

Rebecca Martinez
What is the origin of the name Palacios

Jackie Martinez
Why Martinez coat of arm is the same as Ortegas'?

cant you guys|make an app for names?

Edu martinez
Martinez means Son of Martin, like Hernandez means Son of Hernando, etc... -ez means "of" in basque languague (north spain) and this kind of last name was the common during middle Age in the north of spain ( basque country, navarra), the territories wich it wasn't occupied by muslim

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