Martel Family History

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Martel Name Meaning

English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta. English and French: metonymic occupational name for a smith or a nickname for a forceful person, from Old French martel ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus). Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, gained his byname from the force with which he struck down his enemies in battle. Spanish and Portuguese: from Portuguese martelo, Old Spanish martel ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus), or an Iberianized form of the Italian cognate Martello.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Martell, Marvel, Mantel, Marte, Hartel, Markel, Bartel, Martello

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Martel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Martel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Martel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • France


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Martel Family Origin

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Martel Family Occupations

What did your Martel ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Martel occupation in the UK was Farmer. 22% of Martel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Martel family was Carpenter. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Stone Dresser were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Martel.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Stone Dresser

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Martel ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Martel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 103,000 census records available for the last name Martel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Martel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Martel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Martel. For the veterans among your Martel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Martel Life Expectancy

What is the average Martel lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Martel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Martel in 1945 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Martel ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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