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What does Marcus mean?

Marcus Pronunciation of Marcus as a boys' name is pronounced MAR-kus. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Marcus is "dedicated to Mars". The root of names such as Mark and Marcel. Mythology: Mars, the Roman god of fertility (from mas or maris for "male, virile"), for whom the spring calendar month March was named, became identified with the Greek Ares, god of war. The name was possibly influenced by a hit TV series "Marcus Welby, MD" and as an American-Black name by civil rights activist Marcus Garvey (1887-1940). See also Marcellus and Marquis. Retailer Stanley Marcus; hockey player Markus Naslund.


ASSOCIATED WITH dedicated (faithful), mythology, roman, greek, war, black (dark)


VARIANTS Marcas, Marco, Markos, Markus

SEE ALSO Cato, Demarcus

RELATIONS VIA MARCEL, MARCELLUS, MARCH, MARK, MARKUS, MARQUIS Marc, Marceau, Marcell, Marcellus, Marcelo, Marcely, Marcio, Marcos, Marek, Mario, Marius, Markese, Markess, Markey, Markise, Markiss, Marko, Markov, Marq, Marque, Marques, Marquess, Marquez, Marqui, Marquise, Marquiz, Marquus, Marzo




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How popular is Marcus?

Marcus is a very popular first name for men (#146 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1900 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Marcus reached its apex position of #64 in the U.S. during the years 1980-1989, and is at #209 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Marcus (#209 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Mark (#210), Mario (#325), Marco (#359), Marcos (#432), Marcelo (#610), Marcel (#734), Marc (#826), Marcellus (#961), Markus (#1000), Marquis (#1010), Demarcus (#1171), Marquise (#1525), Marek (#1617), Marko (#1849), Mars (#1920), Marquez (#1956), Markese, Marques, Marius, Marcell and Cato. Usage of these forms of Marcus reached its highest during the years 1960-1969 (MEDIAN #1269) and is now significantly lower (#1214, DOWN 82%). Mark has been the recurring favorite, although Marcel appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions such as Marc are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marcus, Cato, Demarcus, Marc, Marcel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marcell, Marcellus, Marcelo, Marco, Marcos in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marek, Mario, Marius, Mark, Markese in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marko, Markus, Marques, Marquez, Marquis in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Argus, Artus, Bacchus, Cadmus, Caius, Carolus, Cirrus, Damarcus, Darious, Darius, Darrius, Fabius, Feargus, Firus, Hampus, Jarius, Kadmus, Lamarcus, Maccoy, Mace, Maceo, Mack, Macon, Macy, Madocks, Magnes, Magnus, Magus, Mahmud, Maks, Malcom, Mamoun, Mamun, Mansur, Manus, Mar, Mardon, Mardyn (see Marden), Mareo, Marianus, Marik, Marinos, Marinus, Marion, Markel, Marlea, Marlen, Marlin, Marloe, Marlon, Marmer, Marr, Marten, Martie, Martyn, Marx, Masos, Mateus, Mateusz, Matias, Mattaus, Maurids, Maurus, Maximus, Mayes, Mays, Merce, Mercer, Mercure, Mircea, Morgun, Moris, Rasmus, Straus and Ursus. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marcus.

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