Marcus is a masculine given name of Ancient Roman pre-Christian origin derived either from Etruscan Marce of unknown meaning or referring to the god Mars. Mars was identified as the Roman god of War.

Statue of Mars
PronunciationEnglish: /ˈmɑːrkəs/
German: [ˈmaʁkʊs]
Norwegian: [ˈmɑ̀rkʉs]
Swedish: [ˈmǎrːkɵs]
Meaning"dedicated to Mars"
Region of originAncient Rome
Other names
Related names
  • Marcos
  • Markus
  • Markos
  • Marcas
  • Margus
  • Marcellus
  • Marquis

The name is popular in Europe, particularly in Sweden, Norway,[1] Italy and Germany, and increasingly, in the Netherlands. It is also popular in English language countries, although less common than the shortened variation 'Mark', associated with the Gospel writer Mark the Evangelist. There are other variants. Marcus ranks in the top 100 most popular boy names in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales since the 1990s, as well as the top 200 most popular boy names in the US since the 1960s.[2]

Marcus developed as a patronymic or toponymic surname in Italy, southern France, and Spain around 1000 A.D., attributable to religious monasteries and sanctuaries named Sanctus Marcus (or its many variants). The surname was used as an identifier for the area of origin. The first historical record of the surname was in the year 1390 in Biberach an der Riß, Germany.[3]

People with the name Marcus or its variants include:

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Meaning"son of Mark"
Other names
Variant form(s)Marchi, De Marchi, De Marco, Di Marco, Marco, Di Marko, Marko, Marcus, Marconi, Marchitello, Marcuzzi, Marchini, Merck, Marck, Van der Marck, Markushkin, Markowicz, Markowitz, Markovich, Marcovitch, Markovic, Markovics, Marcovici, Marczewski, Marques, Márquez etc.

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  1. ^ "10 mest brukte navn 1880–2007 (10 most used boys names 1880–2007)". Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Marcus — Name Meaning and Origin". thinkbabynames. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Surname: Marcus". Retrieved 1 February 2008.

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