What does Marquis mean?
Marquis \m(a)-rquis, 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Marquis for boys. Marquis entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #258 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #836 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Marquis and affiliated names. Marcus (#158 in 2014), King (#175), Marco (#308), Markus (#737), Marquise, Marquez and Marques are the prominent variation forms of Marquis (#836 in 2014). These boy names reached the apex of their popularity in 1995 (usage of 0.5096%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3483%, down 31.7%), with the forms Marquis, Marquise, Marques and Marquez becoming less fashionable. King (#175), Marcus (#158), Marco (#308) and Markus (#737) are four of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list, and there is a revival in baby name usage for King and Marcus. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Marquus. This name tends to be less commonly used than Marquis.