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Gender: Male Meaning of Marshall: "one who looks after horses" Origin of Marshall: French Marshall's Popularity in 2017: #356

The name Marshall is a boy's name of French origin meaning "one who looks after horses". Marshall is ranked #356 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia - with middles!".

From the experts:

Marshall is an occupational surname, not having to do with anything military or martial, but stemming from the Norman French for someone caring for horses. It's been used as a first name since the nineteenth century and has been on the Social Security list since it started to publish its data in 1880.

Marshall is the real name of rapper Eminem, and it got some attention during the heyday of communications maven Marshall McLuhan. Peyton Manning named his son Marshall, and Jason Segel played the character of Marshall Eriksen on How I Met Your Mother.

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Famous People Named Marshall

Marshall Scot Allman, American actor
Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem, American rapper
(Archibald) Marshall Bell, American actor
Marshall Howard Crenshaw, American pop musician
Marshall William Faulk, American football player
Marshall Edward Newhouse, American football player
(Herbert) Marshall McLuhan, Canadian professor of media theory
Marshall Holman, American ten-pin bowler
Marshall Lancaster, English actor
Marshall Kirk McKusick, American scientist
Marshall Bruce Perron, Australian politician
Marshall Nicholas Rosenbluth, American physicist
Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, American track cyclist
Marshall Williams Manning (b. 2011), son of former American football quarterback Peyton Manning
Marshall Patrick Kennedy (b. 2018), son of American politician and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter
John Marshall, extremely influential American chief justice of the Supreme Court
George Marshall, famed American military leader in WWII
Thurgood Marshall United States Supreme Court Justice
Marshall Lloyd Bush Rossi, daughter of Marvin Bush, granddaughter of Barbara and George H. W. Bush

Pop Culture References for the name Marshall

Marshall Eriksen, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Marshall Lee Abadeer, gender-swapped version of Marceline on "Adventure Time"
Marshall Flinkman, character on TV's Alias
Marshall Mann, character on the TV series "In Plain Sight"
Marshall Islands, country in the central Pacific
Marshall University; university named after John Marshall in Huntington, WV
Marshall's, department store
Also a girl's name, like Marshall Bush.

Marsh, Marischal, Marshal, Marshell, Marischall, Marchall


hermioneameliastyles Says:


I like this name because of How I Met Your Mother. It's cool for any little boy. I think this reference will be the first thing people think of. I like the character of Marshall, he's seems like a cool guy.

hufflepuff Says:


Marshall is a great name. Flying under the radar, it has seen very steady usage since 1880 but never experienced a huge trendy spike in popularity. It's a name pretty much everyone is familiar with yet it's not overused. Definitely a gem!

Daphodil Says:


Marshall is not a name that appeals to me, but the Eminem association does give it an edge, IMO.

lesliemarion Says:


Marshall existed many years before Eminem was flipping people off. Whether or not you think the name is cool b/c of him depends on whether you think the singer is cool (I don't). Marshall also existed well before the lovely Marshall Field's store and the less exciting Marshall's bargain store. Any name can generate jokes among lame youths of elementary school.

lizway Says:


not to be confused with marshalls the store (expect a lot of those jokes) or a fire marshal.

KassemJ Says:


I love this name. It may be a title, but it can pull itself off as a given name.

Kathryn Says:


I disagree with the descriptive comment... Being Eminem's real name DOES make the name Marshall cooler. Because Eminem is awesome, way talented and Hot! Any boy would be proud to have Em as their namesake!

lesliemarion Says:


Eminem is creepy, but fortunately I don't associate this name with him. I think of a Western marshall or sheriff, kind of manly. I think of a Supreme Court justice, kind of legal. I think of lovely wet boggy places, kind of natural. Overall, nice associations.

dragonflynv Says:


I agree!

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:


Geez. Why's the description gotta be snarky? I like Marshall.