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 (#3363 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) listed in the Top 1000. This boy name reached the apex of its popularity in the year 1995 and has become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Marquis, Marquise, Marquez and Marques becoming less fashionable. King (#175), Marcus (#158), Marco (#308) and Markus (#737) are four of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list. There is a revival in baby name usage for King and Marcus. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Marquus. This name tends to be less commonly used than Marquis.