Coat of Arms: Silver with a chevron between two seashells at the top and a red cross in base.
Crest: A Talbot's head.
Motto: Sure and Steadfast
Motto Translated: Sure and Steadfast
Spelling variations include: Martin, Matin, Mattin, Martyn and others.
First found in Leicestershire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Christopher Martin and his wife arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620; Joe Martin settled in Providence Rhode Island in 1635; Elizabeth, Francis, Henry, Jacob, James, John, Joseph, Margaret, Mary, Martin, Michael, Peter, Phillip, Richard, Samuel and Thomas Martin all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
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