Marin History- How Marin Got Its Name

Ever wonder how Marin became “Marin”?

Marin was the name of a famous chief of the Lacatuit Indians who lived in the area. Marin fought the Spaniards between 1815 and 1824 but was eventually captured. He escaped and took shelter on a small island in the San Francisco Bay, where he communicated the name of the land to the north-Marin.

He was captured again, but saved from death by the priests at the Mission of San Rafael. He converted his faith and later died at the Mission San Rafael in 1834.