Marcus (name)

Marcus (name)
Marcus Rowe
Mars Pyrrhus cropped.jpg
The god Mars
Pronunciation /ˈmɑrkəs/ mar-kəs
Gender Male
Meaning "dedicated to Mars"
Region of origin Ancient Rome
Other names
Related names Markus, Markos, Marcas, Marcellus, Marquis

Marcus (abbreviated M.) is a masculine given name of Ancient Roman pre-Christian origin derived probably from Etruscan Marce of unknown meaning, or referring to the mythological figure Mars. Because Mars was identified as the Roman god of War, the name 'Marcus' can by extension be taken to refer to Ares in the Greek pantheon.

The name is popular in Europe, particularly in Sweden, Norway,[1] Italy and Germany, and increasingly, in the Netherlands. It is also popular in English language countries, although less common than the shortened variation 'Mark', associated with the Gospel writer Mark the Evangelist (Μάρκος). There are other variants. Marcus ranks in the top 100 most popular boy names in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales since the 1990s, as well as, the top 200 most popular boy names in the US since the 1960s.[2]

Marcus developed as a patronymic or locational surname in Italy, southern France, and Spain around 1000 A.D., attributable to religious monasteries and sanctuaries named Sanctus Marcus (or its many variants). The surname was used as an identifier for area of origin. The first historical record of the surname was in the year 1390 in Biberach an der Riß, Germany.[3]

People with the name Marcus or its variants include:


Given name

Arts and entertainment

In art and literature

In television and film

  • Marcus Brigstocke, British comedian
  • Marcus Carl Franklin, American actor
  • Markus Garrison, inventor from Florida who was a contestant on The Apprentice 4
  • Marcus Loew, American business magnate and a pioneer of the motion picture industry who formed Loews Theatres and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

In music

  • Marcus Mumford, singer, songwriter for Mumford and Sons
  • Marcus Adoro (born 1971), Philippine musician
  • Marcus Brosch, German songwriter, record producer and remixer
  • Marcus Ramone Cooper, former member of the Miami, Florida R&B group "Pretty Ricky" who goes by the stage names of Pleasure or Pleasure P
  • Markus Grosskopf, bass player for the German power metal band Helloween
  • Markus James, current bassist for the rock group Breaking Benjamin
  • Markus Kaarlonen, Finnish musician, songwriter and producer
  • Markus Löffel, disc jockey, musician and producer from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Marcus Miller, American bassist and clarinetist
  • Markus Schulz, German trance music DJ and producer who currently resides in Miami, Florida, USA
  • Marcus Siepen (born 1968), German guitarist in Blind Guardian
  • Markus Stockhausen, German trumpeter and composer
  • Markus Stopholese, American rock guitarist
  • Markus Taborn, Underground producer. Also goes by the stage name YungBoe or Kratos

In fictional characters

  • Marcus Burnett, fictional cop from the movie Bad Boys II
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero (character of Rome), historical figure who features as a character in the HBO/BBC2 television series Rome
  • Marcus Cole, fictional character in Babylon 5
  • Marcus, a vampire from the 'Twilight Saga'
  • Marcus Corvinus, thinly based on a real historical character Marcus Valerius Messala Corvinus, is the protagonist in David Wishart's historical detective novels.
  • Marcus Damon, fictional character from Digimon Data Squad
  • Marcus Didius Falco, protagonist in Lindsey Davis Ancient Rome historical mystery fictions.
  • Marcus Fenix, protagonist in computer game Gears of War
  • Marcus Wright, fictional character in the film Terminator Salvation.
  • Marcus Faversham, fictional character in radio comedy The Penny Dreadfuls Present....
  • Marcus McCloud, fictional character in Nintendo's Star Fox series.
  • Dr. Marcus Brody, fictional character from the "Indiana Jones" series.
  • Marcus, the main antagonist of Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
  • Marcus Flutie from Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling Series
  • Markus Vaughn, the main character in Trauma Center: New Blood

In video games

  • Marcus, a friendly Super-Mutant NPC and Sheriff of Broken Hills, who can be recruited as a companion by the player in Fallout 2

Government and military

In Ancient Rome

  • Marcus Antonius, whose name often is abbreviated as Mark Antony
  • Marcus (usurper), emperor from Roman Britain in AD 406
  • Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Roman statesman and general
  • Marcus Ulpius Traianus, Roman emperor from 98 to 117
  • Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to his death
  • Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman patrician of the late Roman Republic
  • Marcus Licinius Crassus, Roman general and politician who suppressed the slave revolt led by Spartacus
  • Marcus Opellius Macrinus
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and philosopher

In politics

  • Markus Buchart, Manitoba politician
  • Markus Drake, Finnish Green League politician who belongs to the Finland-Swedish community
  • Markus Feldmann, Swiss politician
  • Markus Ferber, German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Bavaria with the Christian Social Union in Bavaria
  • Marcus Garvey, Jamaican/African-American activist
  • Markus Pieper, German politician and Member of the European Parliament for North Rhine-Westphalia


Other occupations


Family name
Pronunciation MAR-kus
Meaning "dedicated to Mars"
Region of origin Ancient Rome
Related names Marchi, De Marchi, De Marco, Di Marco, Marco, Di Marko, Marko, Marcus, Marconi, Marchitello, Marcuzzi, Marchini, Merck, Marck, Van der Marck, Markushkin, Markowicz, Markowitz, Markovich, Marcovitch, Markovic, Markovics, Marcovici, Marczewski, etc.




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