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Gender: M Meaning of Marcus: "warlike" Origin of Marcus: Latin Marcus's Popularity in 2013: #160

Well over two thousand parents chose this ancient Roman name for their sons in the last year recorded, some perhaps honoring Marcus Garvey, leader of the Back to Africa movement. Though ancient, Marcus now sounds more current than Mark, in tune with today's trend towards us-ending Latinate names.

Marcus was commonplace in classical Rome--not surprising as it was one of ony about a dozen given names in use then. Among the most prominent were the emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius, the Marcus known to us as Mark Antony, and the politican, philosopher and orator Cicero.

Dr Marcus Welby was a staple on vintage TV, and since then we have seen the name on both the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, as the protagonist of Nick Hornby's About a Boy, on Sons of Anarchy and Men of a Certain Age, and in Indiana Jones, The Blind Side, and Bad Santa.

Marcus Loew was the movie magnate behind MGM and Loew's theatres, and Marcus Allen was an Oakland Raiders superstar.

Marius is a related possibility.

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Famous People Named Marcus

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Marcus Anthony Duggar, third child of Josh and Anna Duggar
Marcus Jordan, son of basketballer Michael Jordan
Marcus Paul "Marc" Blucas, American actor
Marcus Morris, American basketballer; twin brother Markieff Morris
Marcus Terrell Paulk, American actor/rapper
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Marcus Nonius Macrinus, a Roman general and statesman
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor
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Marcus Mariota, American football quarterback, and 2014 Heisman trophy winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Marcus

Marcus Eaton, Divergent trilogy
Marcus, character from Partials series
Marcus Lenam, a librarian turned adventurer in "The Silver Eye", a webcomic by Laura Hollingsworth
"Marcus Welby, MD", a 1970s American medical drama
Marcus Andronicus, Titus's brother in the tragic play "Titus Andronicus" (1590s) by Shakespeare
Name of the boy from the movie "About a Boy"
Marcus Bozeman, character from True Blood
Marcus Vansten, character from the podcast Welcome to Night Vale
Marcus Vinicius, main character in Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel, "Quo Vadis"
Marcus Fortunatus, character in H. Rider Haggard's, Pearl Maiden

Marc, Marco, Marius, Marko

Marcus's International Variations

Markus (German) Markos (Greek) Marcos (Spanish)

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