Martell Family History

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Martell Name Meaning

English, French, and German: variant spelling of Martel. Catalan: metonymic occupational name for a smith, or nickname for a forceful person, from martell ‘hammer’ (Late Latin martellus).

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

Similar surnames: Martel, Martello, Mortell, Castell, Mantel, Hartell, Marcell, Morell

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Martell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Martell name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Native American—North, Central, South


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Martell Family Origin

Where is the Martell family from?

Martell Family Occupations

What did your Martell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Martell. A less common occupation for the Martell family was Carpenter. The most common Martell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Martell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter


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

Martell Historical Records

What Martell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Martell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Martell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Martell. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Martell. For the veterans among your Martell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Martell Life Expectancy

What is the average Martell lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Martell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Martell in 1946 was 61, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Martell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Martell 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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