Martyn / Martin Family
Martin / Martyn Family
Arms. Azure,a calvary cross, on five degrees argent, between
the sun in splendor, on the dexter limb, and the moon in
crescent, on the sinister.
Crest. An etoile wavy, of six points.
Motto. Auxilium meum a Domino.
The Martin family arrived in Ireland with Strongbow, became
important merchants and one of the Tribes of Galway.
subsequently moved into the County, leaving fine seats at Ballinahinch, Dangan, Ross, Spiddal and Tulira.
The Martin family is of early origin in Galway. Their pedigree
relates, that Oliver Martin was the first of the name, that
settled in Ireland. He that he was a follower of Strongbow, and
the name Martin was derived from Martius, warlike.
researchers, however, are of opinion, that they were of
ancient Irish descent. O'Brien and Vallancey, say, "they are
derived from the Belgian firbolg, or Martini, (Ir. Mairtinigh),
names which still exist in the Cities of
Limerick and Galway."
Richard Martin of Dangan or
Castle, is descended from the eldest
branch of this family, and the houses of Curraghmore, Ross,
Spiddal and Tullyra are numbered amongst the most
respectable in this Province.
One of the most famous of the Martin family is Humanity Dick
Martin, founder of the society for the prevention of cruelty
See History of other Tribes