[ 2 syll. mar-cel, ma-rc-el ] The baby boy name Marcel is pronounced as MaeR-SEHL (French) or MAAR-TSehL (Polish) †. Marcel is largely used in the Catalan, English, French, and German languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. It is derived from the element 'marcus' which means dedicated to Mars. Marcellus (Latin) is an old form of Marcel. Marcellus is itself a diminutive or elaborated form of Marcus. The name was borne by several popes and saints, including the 3rd century missionary from Gaul martyred with his companion Anastasius at Bourges; through him the name has been popular in France. The name was first adopted by English speakers at the end of the 19th century.
In addition, Marcel is a French variant of the name Mark (English, Dutch, Russian, and Scandinavian).
The name Marcella (English and Italian) is the female equivalent of Marcel.
The name Marcel is widely used; it has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Marceau, Marcele, Marcelee, Marceleigh, Marceley, Marcelie, Marcelin, Marcelino, Marcelle, Marcellin, Marcellino, Marcelus, Marcely, Marcial, Marciano, Marlon, Marsale, and Marsel.
Foreign variants of Marcel include Marceli (Polish), Marcello (Italian), Marcellus (German), Marcelo (Portuguese and Spanish), Marzel (German), and Marzell (German). Another foreign form is the variant spelling Marcell (French and German).
See also the related form, Marcellinus (German).
Marcel is a classic favorite. Currently it is still a somewhat popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was before. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1910s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2018, 0.017% of baby boys were given the name Marcel. It ranked at #734 then. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Marcel, Marcus was the most commonly used. It was used 6 times more than Marcel in that year.
Baby names that sound like Marcel include Marcele, Marcell, Marcelle, Marcely, Marchal, Marchall, Markel, Markell, Markelle, Marquel, Marquell, Marquelle, Marsale, Marschal, Marschall, Marsel, Marshal, Marshall, Marshel, and Marshell.
† Pronunciation for Marcel: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
A famous person named Marcel is Author, Marcel Proust, born 10 July 1871 - 18 November 1922, Auteuil, France.