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What does Marcel mean?

Marcel Pronunciation of Marcel [mar-cel] as a boys' name is pronounced mar-SELL. It is of French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Marcel is "little warrior". Variant of Marcellus, from Marcus. The source of these names is Mars, the Roman god of war. French mime, Marcel Marceau, combined two variants of this name. Author Marcel Proust; football player Marcellus Wiley.

Associated with: little, warrior, roman, war.


Marcel has 10 variants: Marceau, Marcelin, Marcell, Marcellin, Marcellino, Marcello, Marcellus, Marcelo, Marcely and Marciano.

Affiliated boy name: Marvin.

4 more relations via Marcus: Marcas, Marco, Markos and Markus.

Creative forms:
(male) Maccel, Macel, ..

(female) Marcer, Marrel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marcel Kyan (M.K.), ..

How popular is Marcel?

Marcel is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#613 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#14823 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marcel reached its highest position of #542 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #773 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marcel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marcel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Marcell, Marcello (#1186 via latest list), Marcellus (#1245), Marcelo (#760), Marco (#320), Marcus (#168), Markus (#865) and Marvin (#550) are the prominent variation forms of Marcel (#773 via latest list). These relations of Marcel were popular with parents 2 decades ago (median #759) and are somewhat less conventional today (#874, 40.7%), with the form Marvin becoming less stylish. Marcel and Marcelo are two of the more trendy names for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marcel, Marcell, Marcello, Marcellus, Marcelo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marco, Marcus, Markus, Marvin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marcus, Markus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marcel is pronounced similarly to Marzell. Other suggested similar names are Bartel, Carel, Carmel, Carvel, Darcel, Darcell, Darcey, Darel, Dariel, Darnel, Darrel, Farrel, Harel, Harrel, Jarel, Jarrel, Karel, Karmel, Karrel, Mace, Maceo, Macey, Mandel, Manoel, Mansel, Manuel, Manvel, Marc, March, Marchall, Marcio, Marcos, Mardel, Marden, Marek, Mareo, Markel, Markell, Markey, Marlea, Marlen, Marley, Marmer, Marquel, Marschal, Marshal, Marshell, Martel, Martell, Marten, Marve, Marvel, Marvell, Marven, Merce, Mercer, Merrel, Mircea, Moriel, Morrel, Muriel, Parnel and Rancel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marcel.

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