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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.

Marquis has 15 variant forms: Markeece, Markeese, Markese, Markess, Markise, Markiss, Markize, Markwees, Markwess, Marques, Marquess, Marquez, Marqui, Marquise and Marquiz.

For more information, see also related boy names King and Mar-.

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 (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marquis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marquis outside U.S.

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. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of King, Marcus, Marques, Marquez, Marquis, Marquise in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marcus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Markus and Marquus. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marquis.


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