When William Henry Martin was born on 17 February 1877, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States, his father, John Martin, was 24 and his mother, Eliza F. Harley, was 24. He married Minerva Jane Haney on 8 May 1899, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Civil District 7, Putnam, Tennessee, United States in 1920 and Civil District 9, Jackson, Tennessee, United States in 1940. He died on 4 January 1957, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Gainesboro, Jackson, Tennessee, United States.
English, Scottish, Irish, French, Walloon, Breton, Dutch, Flemish, German, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Italian (Veneto); Spanish (Martín): from a personal name derived from Latin Martinus, itself a derivative of Mars, genitive Martis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name may derive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’. This was borne by a famous 4th-century Christian saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently became extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. In North America, the surname Martin has absorbed cognates and derivatives from other languages, e.g. Slovak and Rusyn (from Slovakia) Marcin , Albanian Martini , Polish surnames beginning with Marcin-, and Slovenian patronymics like Martinčič (see Martincic ). Martin is the most frequent surname in France and one of the most frequent surnames in Wallonia.
English: variant of Marton .
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mártain, ‘descendant of Martin’ (compare 1 above). Otherwise, a shortened form of Gilmartin or McMartin ; sometimes also spelled Martyn.