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Meaning and name origin
Marquis \m(a)-rquis, mar-quis\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Marquis: Marquise.
Marquis is a somewhat popular first name for males (#856 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#3363 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marquis for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marquis and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are King, Marcus, Marques, Marquez, Marquis and Marquise. (2014 statistics).
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