Alternate spellings: Marcos, Markus, Marc, Mark, Marco
Marcus was originally a Roman name that may have come from the Roman god Mars, the god of war. (Beware of your little Marcus invading the neighbor’s sandbox.) Rest assured, though – while notable figures from ancient Rome, such as the emperor Marcus Aurelius, bear the name, there’s also the Gospel of Mark from the New Testament, proving that a “warlike” son need not grow up violent. In the U.S., Mark has been the more popular version of this name overall, maintaining a spot in the top 10 from 1955 through 1970. Both versions have been declining in popularity for several years now, but Marcus is slightly more popular today. Other widespread versions of the name are Marco, Marcos, Marc, and Markus. Marky Mark, now that Mark Wahlberg has gone back to using his real name, seems unlikely to catch on.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008