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Boy Name: Marcus

Name: Marcus
Pronunciation: \m(a)-rcus, mar-cus\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: dedicated to Mars
Origin: Latin
Related Names: DeMarcus
Sounds Like: Marcos, Marquus, Marques
Variant forms: Marcas, Marco, Markos, Markus
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 146
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 1829


Marcus \m(a)-rcus, mar-cus\ as a boy's 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, 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, M.D." and civil rights activist Marcus Garvey. Markos and Markus are Dutch, German, and Hungarian forms. Marcas is Irish and Scottish. See also Marcellus and Marquis. Retailer Stanley Marcus; hockey player Markus Naslund.

Marcus has 4 variant forms: Marcas, Marco, Markos and Markus.

For more information, see also the related name DeMarcus.

Baby names that sound like Marcus are Marcos, Marquus and Marques.

View a list of the 9 names that reference Marcus.


Marcus is a very popular first name for men (#146 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#1829 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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