Meaning and Name Origin
Marshall \m(a)-rsha-ll, mar-shall\ as a boys' name is pronounced MAR-shal. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Marshall is "caretaker of horses". Occupational name. Also a law enforcement title and a military title of great honor. Common in Scotland as a first name since the early 19th century. Department store founder Marshall Field; media theorist Marshall McLuhan; actor David Marshall Grant; Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; football player Marshall Faulk; pop singer Marshall Mathers.
Marshall is a very popular first name for men (#285 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#119 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Marshall for boys. Marshall reached its highest position of #165 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is at #319 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Marshall and affiliated names. The only other popular related form of Marshall (#319 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 is Marshal. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 and is now significantly less, with the version Marshal becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)