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National Martin Day – October 12, 2024

National Martin Day is observed every year on October 12. Martin is predominantly a Latin-derived male name that means ‘God of War.’ Martis is a Latin word that refers to the Roman god, Mars. Martin is a given name as well as a surname. It is one of the most famous French surnames and one of the most common in Belgium. In the 1990 United States Census, Martin was the 16th most common surname, accounting for 0.27% of the population.

History of National Martin Day

Martin is derived from the Latin name ‘Martinus,’ which is a late-derived form of the name of the Roman god Mars, who is the Latins’ protector godhead and hence the god of battle. The connotation is commonly translated as ‘of Mars’ or ‘warlike’ when referring to the god.

In honor of Saint Martin of Tours, it has remained a popular Christian given name. It has always been popular among Catholics, but it has also been popular among Protestants thanks to Martin Luther. Furthermore, African American children are frequently given the name as a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The given name Martin, as well as a variety of variant forms, usually of patronymic origin, are spread throughout Europe.

Sir William Martyn of Athelhampton, Sheriff of London in 1484 and Lord Mayor of London in 1492; Robert Martin, Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Radnour in 1648, and Sir Thomas Martin, Knight, and Baronet, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1643, were all notable members of the family bearing the name Martin at the time.

National Martin Day timeline

Martin Luther

Martin Luther, one of the founding fathers of the United States, is born.

Martin & Co.

A company named Martin & Co. is established and they specialize in creating guitars and stringed instruments.

American Sitcom

“Martin” is the name of an American sitcom starring American comedian, Martin Lawrence.


In the United States Census, Martin is the 16th most common surname.

National Martin Day FAQs

Is “Martin” available on Netflix?

This Martin Lawrence classic is available on Netflix.

Who stole Martin's C.D. player


Is Martin a Scottish or an Irish name?

Martin’s ancestors are both Irish and Scottish.

National Martin Day Activities

  1. Breakfast delivery

    Make arrangements for breakfast to be delivered. Choose a particular dish that the recipient raves about and place an order a day ahead of time to ensure that it arrives on the front porch bright and early.

  2. Pamper yourself on a budget

    Make a budget for yourself and then go out and pamper yourself. Going to a store to pick out a gift rather than adding something to your online shopping basket has its own charm.

  3. Spa day

    Find the most peaceful spa in town and book a full day of pampering there. Mud baths, massages, and facials are all available.

5 Interesting Facts About Martins

  1. 272nd

    Martin, a relatively popular name, was the 272nd most popular boy's name in the United States in 2018.

  2. 13th most popular

    The surname Martin is the 13th most popular in the United States.

  3. 243 people named Martin

    For every 100,000 Americans, there are 243 persons named Martin.

  4. Martin family

    In the United States, there are approximately 775,704 Martin families.

  5. Martin population

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 794,438 people named Martin in the United States.

Why We Love National Martin Day

  1. It’s a day to relax

    It’s a special day when you can relax together with family and loved ones and enjoy all kinds of activities. These gatherings are priceless.

  2. Names have quirks

    Names can trigger specific thoughts in your mind about the person wearing the name, especially if you understand its meaning. Do some research about the origin of your name on this day.

  3. It gives us information

    Our names might convey information about our ethnicity and other parts of our lives. What information can you garner from a stranger’s name?

National Martin Day dates

2024October 12Saturday
2025October 12Sunday
2026October 12Monday
2027October 12Tuesday
2028October 12Thursday

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