Gender: Male Meaning of Marcus: "warlike" Origin of Marcus: Latin Marcus's Popularity in 2019: #221

Marcus Origin and Meaning

The name Marcus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "warlike".

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 only 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 politician, philosopher and orator Cicero.

Dr Marcus Welby was a staple on vintage TV, and since then we have seen the name in 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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Rank in US: #221

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Famous People Named Marcus

Pop Culture References for the name Marcus

Marc, Marco, Marko, Marius

Marcus's International Variations

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


srudolph Says:


Women of a certain generation will think of Marcus Flutie fondly!

Lady Escalade Says:


My husband's name and I find it so attractive. So strong and rich in history

rdaniel Says:


Has always reminded me of 'mucus'!

shooshx Says:


Literally means "Mr. Vagina" in Hebrew

CaribbeanQueen Says:


It sounds handsome, as well. :)

lesliemarion Says:


Intelligent sounding too.

Leah3456 Says:


This is a strong sounding name.