's simply ultimately derived
from the god Mars
Names like Marcus
, and suchlike were probably originally given in the hopes that, if the child were named after a god/goddess, that deity would grant special divine protection to the child. In a sense, such names could be interpreted
as "dedicated to [insert deity]", but the actual meanings of these names have nothing to do with "dedicated".
"Come... you must eat my child." — From an unknown badfic.
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