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Meaning and name origin

Marcel \m(a)-rcel, mar-cel\ as a boy's name is pronounced mar-SELL. It is of French origin. Variant of Marcellus (Latin) "little warrior", 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.


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

For more information, see also the related boy name Marvin.


Marcel is a somewhat popular first name for males (#613 out of 1220, Top 50%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#27405 out of 88799, Top 31%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marcel for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marcel name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marcel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Marcus (#158), Marvin (#492), Marcelo (#741), Marcel (#853) and Marcellus. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marcus, Marvin, Marcelo, Marcel, Marcellus in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marcel is also pronounced similarly to Marzell. Other suggested similar baby names are Darcel, Mardel, Markel, Markell, Marquel, Martel and Marvel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marcel.