What does Marquis mean?
Marquis [mar-quis] as a boys' name is pronounced mar-KEECE, MAR-kuss, mar-KEE. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Marquis is "nobleman; lord of the borderlands". Originally a title of nobility for aristocrats whose holdings were situated in vulnerable border areas (the Marches). It is a lower rank than Duke, but higher than Earl, Viscount, or Baron. Use as a personal name may have been influenced by names derived from the Latin Marcus. Phonetic variants indicate that parents prefer mar-KEECE, probably using Marquis as a title name. Marquis (MAR-kuss) is also a variant of a Scottish surname. Football player Marquez Pope; baseball player Marquis Grissom.
Marquis has 1 feminine form: Marquise.Creative forms:
(male) Marnus, Marsquis, ..
(female) Marmi, Marsi, .. Middle name pairings:
Marquis Leighton (M.L.), ..
How popular is Marquis?
Marquis is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#856 out of 1220, Top 70%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#3861 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Marquis for boys. Marquis reached its apex rank of #258 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #929 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed study of the statistics of Marquis and affiliated names. King (#163 in 2015), Marcus (#168), Markus (#865), Marquise (#1300), Marquez, Marques and Markese are the prominent variation forms of Marquis (#929 in 2015). Other forms, like Markos, are uncommon. These relations of Marquis reached the apex of their popularity 2 decades ago (average #850) and are almost as popular today (#1178, ▼23.8%), but with forms like Marques falling out of fashion. Marcus has generally been a favorite of parents, although King seems to be getting popular too.
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