What does Marcel mean?
Marcel \m(a)-rcel, 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Marvin.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Marcel for boys. Marcel was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its highest position of #546 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #853 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Marcel and corresponding names. Marcellus, Marcelo (#741 a year ago), Marco (#308), Marcus (#158), Markus (#737) and Marvin (#492) are the prominent variation forms of Marcel (#853 a year ago). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity in 1990 (usage of 0.4896%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3873%, down 20.9%), with the forms Marcel, Marcellus and Marvin becoming less stylish. Marcelo (#741), Marco (#308), Marcus (#158) and Markus (#737) are four of the more trendy names for newborns here, with Marcus undergoing a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)