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Gender: Male Meaning of Marcel: "little warrior" Origin of Marcel: French variation of Marcellus Marcel's Popularity in 2017: #748

The name Marcel is a boy's name of French origin meaning "little warrior". Marcel is ranked #748 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Marcel, despite distinguished namesakes including Proust and Duchamp, suffers from a terminal headwaiter image in this country. But along with its sister name Marcella and French variation (and Jolie-Pitt pick) Marcheline, Marcel may be on the brink of a style renaissance.

French Oscar winner Marion Cotillard named her son Marcel in 2011.

Fans of the sitcom Friends will remember Marcel as the name of Ross's pet monkey.

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Famous People Named Marcel

Marcel Vigneron, American chef
Marcel Marceau, French mime
Marcel Theo Hall aka Biz Markie, American rapper
Marcel-François Marie Joseph Lefebvre, French archbishop
Marcel Xavier Jones, American football player
Marcel Francois Chagnon, American singer
Marcellin "Marcel" Cerdan, French boxer
Marcel Hossa, Slovakian ice hockey player
Marcel Castenmiller, Canadian model
Marcel "Bruno" Bigeard, decorated French officer in Indochina and Algeria
Marcel Young (b. 1991), son of rapper Dr. Dre and singer Michel'le
Marcel Canet (b. 2011), son of actress Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet
(Henri-Robert-)Marcel Duchamp, French artist
(Valentin Louis Georges Eugène) Marcel Proust, French novelist
Marcel Kittel, German cyclist
Marcel Titsch-Rivero, German footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Marcel

Marcel, capuchin monkey on TV's "Friends"
"Marcel the Shell with Shoes On," animated YouTube video
Marcel the marketing guy, character in "Best Song Ever" music video by band One Direction
Marcellus "Marcel" Gerard, character on the "Vampire Diaries" and spinoff 'The Originals'
Marcel, a character in video game "Animal Crossing"
Marcel, a villain on anime "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX"

Marcely, Marcellus

Marcel's International Variations

Marcello (Italian) Marceau, Marcellin (French) Marcelo (Portuguese)


Too-ticky Says:


I don't see it working on adults, seems like a little boys' name to me. Oh and don't forget Marcel the Capuchin from Friends!

indiefendi2 Says:


I happen to think Marcel is a handsome name.