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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Martial

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Mar"tial
  1. Of, pertaining to, or suited for, war; military; as, martial music; a martial appearance. " Martialequipage." [Milton.]
  2. Practiced in, or inclined to, war; warlike; brave."But peaceful kings, o'er martial people set, Each other's poise and counterbalance are." [Dryden.]
  3. Belonging to war, or to an army and navy; -- opposed to civil; as, martial law; a court -martial.
  4. Pertaining to, or resembling, the god, or the planet, Mars.
  5. [Old Chem. & Old Med] Pertaining to, or containing, iron; chalybeate; as, martial preparations.(Archaic)
    synonyms: Martial Warlike.

Usage: Martial refers more to war in action, its array, its attendants, etc.; as, martial music, a martial appearance, a martial array, courts -martial, etc. Warlike describes the feeling or temper which leads to war, and the adjuncts of war; as, a warlike nation, warlike indication, etc. The two words are often used without discrimination.

Etymology: F., fr. L. martialis of or belonging to Mars, the god of war. Cf. March the month

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Roman poet noted for epigrams (first century BC)
  2. Of or relating to the armed forces ("martial law")
  3. (of persons) befitting a warrior
  4. Suggesting war or military life

From Latin martialis (“of Mars (Roman god of war)”)

martial was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Martial

Martial is a satire writer. Martial was born in Augusta Bilbilis.


Martial was born in 1936 in Golfe-Juan.


Martial was born on December 15th, 1891 in Le Havre. He breathed his last breath on August 13th, 1976.


Martial was born on August 29th, 1749. He breathed his last breath on May 7th, 1795.


Martial Asselin was a Senator for Stadacona, Quebec, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, and SenatorforStadacona. Martial was born on February 3rd, 1924 in La Malbaie, Quebec. He passed away on January 25th, 2013.


Martial Célestin was a Minister of Justice. Martial was born on October 4th, 1913 in Ganthier. He passed away on February 4th, 2011.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Martial

Anthony Martial is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., CO Les Ulis, Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco FC, France national under-16 football team, France national under-17 football team, and France national under-18 football team. Anthony was born on December 5th, 1995 in Massy, France.


Martial is a satire writer. Martial was born in Augusta Bilbilis.


Johan Martial is a soccer player for the Troyes AC, CO Les Ulis, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., SC Bastia, Stade Brestois 29, France national under-18 football team, France national under-19 football team, and France national under-20 football team. Johan was born on May 30th, 1991 in Massy, Essonne.


Saint Martial was a saint. He holds the title Bishop. He breathed his last breath in 1.


Yeo was born on January 2nd, 1944 in Abidjan.


Romain was born on November 13th, 1984 in Clermont-Ferrand.


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Popularity of Martial as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Martial U.S.
  White 19.51% 64.26%
  African American 73.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Martial

People with the last name Martial are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Martial

  • How Popular is the name Martial? Martial is the 48,348th most popular name of all time. As a last name Martial was the 77,788th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Martial have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47 babies born with the first name Martial in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Martial? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Martial first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Martial is Sunday, October 1st, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Martial born? The highest recorded use of the first name Martial was in 1961 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Martial: Your name in reverse order is Laitram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amlriat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Martial? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 246 people with the last name Martial.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Martial? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Martial as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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