Marcus: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marcus

Marcus

Pronunciation: MAHR-kəs (key)

Origin of the name Marcus:

A Latin name of uncertain derivation. Most believe it has its root in Mars, the name of the Roman mythological god of war. Others, however, think it might be from mas (manly) or from the Greek malakoz (soft, tender).

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Comments and insights on the name Marcus: | Edit

A lovely Roman name!

Personal experiences with the name Marcus: | Edit

My husband and I wanted to name our son Mark/Marc but couldn't agree on the spelling. I thought Mark was stronger than Marc, but he didn't want to name exactly after his uncle. We agreed on Marcus and I'm glad that we did.

Nicknames for Marcus: | Edit

Marc, Mark, Marco, Mac, Marky, Marquitos, (Hispanic) Maddie

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Famous real-life people named Marcus: | Edit

Marcus Tullius Cicero, famous Roman politican, writer and orator
Marcus Aurelius (and a host of other Roman Marcuses of note!)
Marcus Allen, American football player
Marcus Garvey, African-American activist
Marcus Oscarsson, Swedish kayaker
Marcus Schenkenberg, Swedish supermodel
Marcus Persson, Swadish video game programmer and creator of Minecraft

Marcus in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Marcus Didius Falco," hero of the Falco books by Lindsey Davis
Marcus Limbrunner, main character in the book series "The Medallion of Franzek" by the argentine writer Canela Lopez Fassón
Marcus Belby, Ravenclaw student in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
"Marcus Flutie", the charismatic and mysterious main male character of the Jessica Darling's book series by author Megan McCafferty.

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