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What does Marquis mean?

Marquis Pronunciation of Marquis 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. Also form of Mar-.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, surname


VARIANTS Markeece, Markeese, Markese, Markess, Markise, Markiss, Markize, Markwees, Markwess, Marques, Marquess, Marquez, Marqui, Marquise, Marquiz


RELATIONS VIA MARCUS Marcas, Markos, Markus




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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)

Marquis reached its apex rank of #258 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is at #1010 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

King (#150 IN 2018), Marcus (#209), Markus (#1000), Marquise (#1525), Marquez (#1956), Markese and Marques are the prominent variation forms of Marquis (#1010). Other forms, like Markos, are uncommon. These relations of Marquis reached the apex of their popularity 2 decades ago (AVERAGE #850) and are somewhat less widespread today (#1231, 27.5%), with forms like Marques falling out of fashion. Marcus has generally been a favorite of parents, although King 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 sound-alike 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.

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