Coat of Arms: A gold shield with a green tree and a blue border showing stars.
Spelling variations include: Martínez, Martinez, Martíniz, Martiniz, Martin, Martins, Martín, Marcial and many more.
First found in Old Castile, in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Juan Martínez de Ampués, who became governor of Santo Domingo and founded the first Spanish city in Venezuela, Coro (1527). He later became governor of Curaçao. Also of note was Domingo Martínez de Irala, who voyaged to Argentina with Pedro de Mendoza and eventually was named governor of Paraguay. Other bearers of the family name who emigrated to Spain's colonies in the New World include Isabel, who emigrated to Peru in 1560.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)