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What does Marquis mean?

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

Affiliated boy names: King and Mar-.

Marquis has 3 more relations via Marcus: Marcas, Markos and Markus.

Marquis has 1 feminine form: Marquise.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Marnus, Marsquis, ..

(female) Marmi, Marri, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Marquis for boys. Marquis reached its apex rank of #258 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #836 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marquis name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Marquis and affiliated names. Marcus (#158 in 2014), King (#175), Markus (#737), Marquise (#1317), Marquez (#1726), Marques (#1904) and Markese 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 2 decades ago (average #850) and are almost as popular today (#1106, 19.9%), but with forms like Marquise falling out of fashion. Marcus has generally been a favorite of parents, although Markus seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marquis, King, Marcus, Markese, Markus in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marques, Marquez, Marquise in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Baris, Faris, Farris, Harris, Jaris, Jarvis, Magnus, Magus, Malaquias, Malequi, Manus, Marcio, Marcos, Marik, Marinos, Marinus, Mario, Marius, Marlin, Marq, Marque, Marquel, Marquus, Mars, Marsdin, Marti, Martie, Martin, Marvin, Marwin, Mateus, Maurus, Moris, Morris, Paris, Parris and Tarquin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marquis.