[ 2 syll. mar-cus, ma-rc-us ] The baby boy name Marcus is pronounced in English as MAAR-KahS †. Marcus is used mostly in English, Scandinavian, French, and German, and it is of Latin origin. Marcus' meaning is war-like, dedicated to Mars; gleaming. Marcus was used as a pre-Christian baptismal and given name; it could be derived from 'marcus' and 'mars', in reference to the Roman god of war, or it could be from the element 'mar', or it could be related to Marius. The name was traditionally given to boys born in March. Marcellus was the Latin pet form that gave rise to Marcel and Marcello. The name was popular in Rome, where it was borne by the 1st-century Roman consul and writer Marcus Tullius Cicero, as well as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180). In literature, it was known from Marcus Andronicus in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (1590-1594).
Marcus is a derivative (English, French, and German) of the English, Dutch, Russian, and Scandinavian name Mark.
Marcus has 23 derivatives that are used in English and other languages. English derivatives include DeMarcus, Demarcus, JaMarcus, LaMarcus, Lamarcus, Marcas, Marcio, Marcius, Marco (also used in Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Marcos (also used in Portuguese and Spanish), Marcoux, Marcuss, Marek (also used in Czech, Polish, and Slavic), Mark, Marko (also used in Finnish, Slavic, and Ukrainian), Markov, Marqos, Marquis, and Marqus. Other English forms include the contracted form Marc (also used in French, Welsh, and German), the diminutive form Marcellus, and the spelling variant Markus (also used in German, Hungarian, American , Czech, Dutch, Latvian, and Scandinavian). A derivative of Marcus used in other languages is Markos (Greek).
Marcus is a popular baby name for boys. The name increased in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Its usage peaked modestly in 1984 with 0.319% of baby boys being named Marcus. It ranked at #57 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in frequency. In 2012, its usage was 0.134% and its ranking #149, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all boy names in its group. In 2012, 23% more boys were named Marcus than the 2nd ranked name, Mark.
Baby names that sound like Marcus include Marcas, Marcous, Markas, Manraj, Manric, Marceau, Marci, Marcio, Marco, Marcos, Marcoux, Marcuss, Marek, Marka, Markco, Markee, Markeece, Markeese, Markese, and Markess.
† Pronunciation for Marcus: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Marcus:
Emperor Marcus Aurelius, born 121 - 180.
Politician Cicero, born Marcus Tullius Cicero, 6 January 106 B.C.7 December 43 B.C.
Politician Marcus Garvey, born 17 August 1887 - 10 June 1940, St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.