Martel name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Martel mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Martel

User Submitted Origins

Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Martel means "Hammer".
  2. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Martel is of English origin and means "Strong, upright. Skill, as might as the blow of a hammer".
  3. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Martel means "Prince" and is of Native American origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb mar"tel
To make a blow with, or as with, a hammer.

Etymology: F. marteler, fr. martel marteau, hammer, a dim. fr. L. martulus marculus, dim. of marcus hammer. Cf. March to step


Borrowed from Old French martel (modern French marteau), from Late Latin martellus, from Latin martulus, a variant of marculus (“small hammer”).

  1. A hammer, especially a war hammer.

martel was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Norman, and Old French

Notable Persons Named Martel

Notable Persons Named Martel

Martel Powell

Martel Powell is a sports team member for the Wingate & Finchley F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Martel

Notable Persons With the Last Name Martel

Charles Martel

Charles Martel was royalty. He holds the title Mayor of the Palace, Duke, Prince of the Franks, and Duke of the Franks. His most notable accomplishments were from 718 to 741. Charles was born as the child of Pepin of Herstal and Alpaida on August 23rd, 0686 in Herstal. He died on October 22nd, 0741.

Sherri Martel

Sherri Martel was a wrestler. Sherri was born on February 8th, 1958 in Birmingham, Alabama. She died on June 15th, 2007.

Yann Martel

Yann Martel is a novelist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Yann was born on June 25th, 1963 in Salamanca, Spain.

Rick Martel

Rick Martel is a wrestler. Rick was born on March 18th, 1956 in Quebec City.

Christiane Martel

Christiane Martel is a beauty queen. She holds the title Miss France 1953, Miss Universe 1953, and Miss France. Christiane was given the name Christiane Magnani on January 18th, 1932 in Piennes.

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel was an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Arlene was born on April 14th, 1936 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. She died on August 12th, 2014.

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    Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario)
  • Richard Martel
    Ice Hockey Coach
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Martel U.S.
  White 76.46% 64.26%
  African American 1.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 18.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Martel

People with the last name Martel are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Martel

  • How Popular is the name Martel? Martel is the 7,946th most popular name of all time. As a last name Martel was the 3,925th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Martel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,643 babies born with the first name Martel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Martel to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Martel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Martel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Martel is Tuesday, June 15th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Martel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Martel was in 1991 with a total of 72 babies.
  • Random Martel Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Martel is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 13 babies in Illinois have the same name in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Martel: The name spelled backwards is Letram. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Emltra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Martel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,056 people with the last name Martel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Martel? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Martel as their last name.
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