The ancient surname Martin is patronymic, meaning "son of Martin". As Martin was such a popular first name in the Middle Ages, it is not surprising that the surname is very widespread. The name comes from the word "mars", meaning "god of war", and developed through Martinus and Marinus to the present Martin. Early records show a Helewis Martin in The Red Book of the Exchequer Rolls in Cambridgeshire in 1166; a Johannes Martynson was recorded in Howdenshire in 1379. The ancient family motto was "Sure and Steadfast". Source: The Heritage Collection. No genealogical connection is implied.