Meaning and Name Origin
Marcus \m(a)-rcus, mar-cus\ as a boys' 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.
Marcus▲ has 39 more related variations via Marcel, Marcellus, March, Mark, Markus, Marquis: Marc▼, Marceau, Marcelin, Marcell, Marcellin, Marcellino, Marcello, Marcellus▼, Marcelo▲, Marcely, Marciano, Marcio, Marcos▲, Marek, Mario▲, Marius, Markeece, Markeese, Markell, Markese, Markess, Markey, Markise, Markiss, Markize, Marko, Markov, Markwees, Markwess, Marq, Marque, Marques▼, Marquess, Marquez▼, Marqui, Marquise▼, Marquiz, Marquus and Marzo.
Marcus has 1 feminine form: Marcia.
Marcus is a very popular first name for men (#146 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1829 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Marcus for boys. Marcus reached its apex position of #68 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #158 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Marcus and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Marcus (#158 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Mark (#189 the previous year), Mario (#270), Marco (#308), Marcos (#404), Marc (#636), Markus (#737), Marcelo (#741), Marquis (#836), Marcel (#853), Demarcus, Marquise, Marquez, Marques, Marcellus and Markell. Usage of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1995 and is now significantly lower, with forms like Marquis, Demarcus, Marquise, Marc and Marquez becoming somewhat dated. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Marcelo (#741), Marcus (#158), Marco (#308), Mario (#270) and Markus (#737), with Marcus having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)