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Gender: Female Meaning of Marcia: "warlike" Origin of Marcia: Latin, feminine version of Marcius

The name Marcia is a girl's name of Latin, Polish origin meaning "warlike". Marcia and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

From the experts:

Marcia is an ancient Roman name which derives from Mars, the god of war. It was used by Dante in the Inferno and later by Thomas Hardy and others.

Marcia enjoyed a brief run of popularity in the mid-twentieth century--it was a Top 100 name from 1943 to 1955-- then was replaced by Marcy and Marci. Now all three are in limbo, replaced by the newer Marley or the more vintage Marcella. An alternate spelling of Marcia is Marsha. A strong association is with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia of The Brady Bunch.

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Famous People Named Marcia

Marcia Anne Cross, American actress
Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
Marcia Karen Wallace, American actress and voice artist
Marcia Lou Griffin Lucas, American film editor
Marcia Kemper McNutt, American geophysicist; president of the National Academy of Sciences
Marcia Mitzman Gaven, American actress
Marcia Warren, English actress
Marcia Rachel Clark, American prosecutor during the O..J. Simpson trial
Marcia Ann Strassman, American actress
Marcia Louise Fudge, U.S. Congresswoman from Ohio
Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur, U.S. Congresswoman from Ohio
Marcia Lynne "Marcheline" Bertrand, American actress; mother of Angelina Jolie

Pop Culture References for the name Marcia

Marcia, mythical queen of the Britons
Lady Marcia, character in "Lady Connie" by Mrs Humphry Ward
Marcia Overstrand, character in "Septimus Heap" by Angie Sage
Marcia Brady, character on "The Brady Bunch"
Marcia Keith, mother of fictional character Mildred Keith
Marcia, minor fictional character in "The Outsiders" written by S. E. Hinton and is portrayed by Michelle Meyrink in the movie adaptation of the same name
Marcia Montenegro, character in telenovela "Mariana de la Noche"

Marcia's International Variations

Marcita, Martia, Marquita, Marcina (Spanish) Marzia (Italian)


madsiemary Says:


I adore this name. Cute for a little girl. Quite professional for a woman. Perfect.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I loved the name, pronounced as you do, but people kept saying that it was supposed to be Marsha, so it put me off. I didn't know if I was saying it correctly. I'm not saying that I dislike Marsha, but that isn't how I was pronouncing Marcia.

Marcia Pedruzzi Says:


My name is Marcia and i really like it. People call me MAR-see-ah, with the accent on the first syllable. I think the meaning is really cool, inspire me to be brave.

Impwood Says:


I love this name. I pronounce it "mar-SEE-uh" and it is one of my favourite names. The only drawback is the meaning.

journeysend Says:


I definitely have some things to say about this lovely name.
First of all, it is an ancient name. The mother or Emperor Trajan in ancient Rome was named Marcia. It was the title and main character of a delightful book for girls, "Marcia Schuler," written in 1908 by Grace Livingston Hill. It is in the first line of a charming poem by Genevieve Taggart, entitled "Millions of Strawberries." It is true that in ancient Rome, the name had associations with Mars, the god of war, as did the names Mark and Marcus. However, there is a much more inspiring way of looking at this connotation. It can mean the courage to fight the good fight--- to stand up for what is right. I have indeed seen the meaning of both Marcia and Mark listed as "brave." It is true that Marcia enjoyed a degree of popularity in the fifties, also the decade of Linda, Patricia, and Barbara. At that time, it was generally pronounced "marsha.," at least in the U.S. and Canada. However, since 1980 or so, there has been a tendency to pronounce the name as in the British Isles...mar see uh...with the accent on the first syllable, or else as it is pronounced in Spanish and some other languages.....mar see uh...with the accent on the second syllable. I believe that all three pronunciations have their own charms, although generally today, most people seem to prefer the sound of either the second or third pronunciation. A timeless name. Obviously, I disagree with the post that Marciana is "much cooler" than Marcia. I think they are both cool, actually.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I've got relatives called Marcia, but none of them pronounce it Marsha. It's always been "marce-ia".

AnonymousPerson Says:


I love the name, but I can't bear the meaning.