Meaning and name origin
Marcus \m(a)-rcus, mar-cus\ as a boy's name is pronounced MAR-kus. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Marcus is "dedicated to Mars". The root of names such as Mark and Marcel. Mythology: Mars, the Roman god of fertility (from mas or maris for "male, virile"), for whom the spring calendar month March was named, became identified with the Greek Ares, god of war. The name was possibly influenced by a hit TV series "Marcus Welby, MD" and as an American-Black name by civil rights activist Marcus Garvey (1887-1940). See also Marcellus and Marquis. Retailer Stanley Marcus; hockey player Markus Naslund.
There is 1 feminine form of Marcus: Marcia.
Marcus is a very popular first name for males (#146 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1829 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marcus for boys. Marcus reached its highest rank of #68 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marcus and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Marcus (#158), Mark (#189), Marco (#308), Markus (#737), Marquis (#836), Marcel (#853), Marcellus and Demarcus. (2014 statistics).