Gender: Male Meaning of Marcel: "little warrior" Origin of Marcel: French variation of Marcellus Marcel's Popularity in 2019: #760

Marcel Origin and Meaning

The name Marcel is a boy's name of French origin meaning "little warrior".

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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Rank in US: #760

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Famous People Named Marcel

Pop Culture References for the name Marcel

Marcellus, Marcely

Marcel's International Variations

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


stepx Says:


another neglected name. Its very classy and i see no headwaiter vibe at all. Its quite elegant but still masculine.

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.