What does Marquis mean?
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.Kreatif forms: Maquis, Marquisse, Merquis. [more]
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 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 Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Marquis and affiliated names. Marcus (#158 in 2014), King (#175), Markus (#737), Marquise, Marques and Marquez are the prominent variation forms of Marquis (#836 in 2014). Other forms, like Markos, are uncommon. These relations of Marquis reached the apex of their popularity about 2 decades ago (average #534) and are somewhat less widespread today (#700, ▼35.7%), with the forms Marquis, Marquise, Marquez and Marques becoming less fashionable. Marcus has generally been a favorite of parents, although Markus seems to be getting popular too.
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