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16 Ways People With The Last Name Martin Rule The World

The Martins are taking over the world.

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1. There are approximately 2.3 million people with the last name Martin throughout the world. That's more than the population of Slovenia or Botswana.

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2. In fact, Martins can be found in almost every single country in the world.

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There are 5,298 in Russia, 292 in China, 14 in Iran... the list goes on and on!

3. Martin is supposed to come from the Latin Martius, which refers to Mars, the god of war.

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4. According to one hypothesis, the name became popular thanks to the reputation of St. Martin of Tours, a bishop born in the beginning of the 4th century in what is now Hungary.

It became a last name as a reference to an ancestor's first name, indicating the "son/daughter of Martin."
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It became a last name as a reference to an ancestor's first name, indicating the "son/daughter of Martin."

5. On a global scale, Martin is the 214th most common name.

6. In France, it is by far the most popular name.

7. Throughout the country, there are 174,622 people with the last name Martin.

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8. That means that for every 1,000 inhabitants of the country, there are 2.6 Martins.

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9. And if you need any more incentive to finally take that trip to Paris that you've been dreaming of, know that the Parisian region has some of the highest numbers of Martins in all of France.

You can find a new friend!
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You can find a new friend!

10. BUT WAIT. The country that has the highest number of Martins in the world is not France, but rather the good old US of A, with more than 731,000 Martins.

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11. In Tennessee, there is even a town called Martin, which was named in honor of the town's founder, William Martin.

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12. The country with the second highest number of Martins in the world is Spain, with more than 496,000 Señores and Señoras Martin.

13. Spain has the highest density of Martins per inhabitant, with 1 Martin for every 94 inhabitants 😱

14. Martin is the 4th most common last name in Canada.

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And the 14th most common name in the United States.

15. There are also numerous derivatives of the Martin surname around the world: Martineau in France, Martinelli in Italy, Martinez in Spain, etc.

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16. Cheers, Martins of the world.

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You're slowly but surely taking over the world.

Sources: forebears.co.uk and filae.com

This post was translated from French.

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